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Dating bronze sculptures

The beauty and durability of bronze alloys have made them one the most popular materials for cast metal sculptures throughout history.

Michel-angelo had one of the longest working careers on record, so in principle any date within the three-quarters of a century that separates his earliest known sculpture from his death in 1564 is possible – even a late one, for while Michelangelo weakened physically in his final years, he was able to wield a chisel until shortly before the end and modelling in wax would not have taxed him.

We present the results of the AMS radiocarbon dating analyses carried out on the organic remains extracted from the casting cores of the Riace bronzes, among the most famous and well preserved sculptures of the Greek-Classical period.

Although different dating hypotheses have been suggested on the base of stylistic considerations, no conclusive answers are, so far, available.

Its resistance to breakage allows artists to sculpt elongated forms in virtual “action,” and due to natural or chemically-induced patinas, bronze can take on various gorgeous, earthy shades of the artist’s choice.