National Geographic : 1940 Mar
ITALY'S MONUMENTS TELL ROME'S MAGNIFICENCE 375 I itiO griati)uy ranllKiln L. 1isner PERSEUS BEHEADS MEDUSA, BUT FLORENTINES GO THEIR WAYS UNCONCERNED Benvenuto Cellini's bronze masterpiece and other great sculptures adorn the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. To cast a bronze statue, the artist first molds wax in the desired form over a rough core. Then he pours on thin coats of a clay and plaster liquid which dries and makes a covering shell. The wax is melted out and the space it occupied filled with bronze. After the metal hardens, the outer case and core are removed.