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By Julia deWolf Addison

An outline of Medieval Workmanship
In a number of of the Departments of Applied
Art, including a few Account of
Special Artisans within the Early Renaissance

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Gold and reports with Cellini " him: Silver that Michelangelo said to pride work were made If tliis in great, whether in marble or in bronze, and fashioned with as exquisite a design as this, it would astonish the world; and even in its present size me seems to it so beautiful that I do not think even a goldsmith of the ancient " CelUni world fashioned aught to come up to it! " " stiffened him up, and gave says that these words He him nmch increased ambition. " So skilful was material, in He relief.

Then, keeping the central point always in view by means of compasses, from that point he " a series of concentric circles about half a struck finger apart from each other," and with a hammer, beginning at the centre, struck so that the " movement of the hammer form of a spiral, and follow the was important to keep the form round. " very even all from within, It was formed by the same method. Then, to ornament the vase, it was filled with pitch, and the design traced on the outside. When it was after that, the neck necessary to beat up the ornament from within, the vase was cleared out, and inverted upon the point of a " long snarling-iron," fastened in an anvil stock, and beaten so that the point should indent from within.

In those days the whole film of gold was then put in the furnace, and fired until the gold began to liquefy, at which exact moment it was necessary to remove it. Cellini himself made a medal for Girolamo Maretta, representing Hercules and the Lion; the figures were in such high reUef that they only touched the ground at a few points. Gold and reports with Cellini " him: Silver that Michelangelo said to pride work were made If tliis in great, whether in marble or in bronze, and fashioned with as exquisite a design as this, it would astonish the world; and even in its present size me seems to it so beautiful that I do not think even a goldsmith of the ancient " CelUni world fashioned aught to come up to it!

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