Art: SCULPTURE 1959: Elegant, Brutal & Witty

WHEN Florentine Sculptor Benvenuto Cellini sought to perfect the rediscovered art of bronze casting in the 16th century, he kept the furnace roaring for days and finally set the roof on fire. Now when a fire breaks out in a sculptor's studio, it is more likely to be caused by an unwatched oxyacetylene torch. The material may still be bronze, but there is an added glitter of stainless steel, phosphor or chrome. The great difference is that Cellini produced in bronze a famous Perseus; today's sculptors too often end up with a glittering space...

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