Making a Spanish polychrome sculpture
Making a Spanish polychrome sculpture

These wooden figures—often with glass eyes and wigs—appear incredibly lifelike. Discover what’s beneath their skin.

Carving Marble with Traditional Tools
Carving Marble with Traditional Tools

Watch a sculptor demonstrate the use of traditional tools as he carves a block of marble.

Working jade
Working jade

Cut, abrade, polish. With these three actions, Chinese artisans have been refining jade for 6000 years.

Bronze Casting Using the “Lost Wax” Technique
Bronze Casting Using the “Lost Wax” Technique

It takes many hands—and a lot of heat—to cast bronze. Follow the steps of this complex, non-intuitive process.

Adriaen de Vries’s bronze casting technique: direct lost-wax method
Adriaen de Vries’s bronze casting technique: direct lost-wax method

X-rays of this unique bronze figure revealed an iron armature, as well as vital clues to the sculptor’s process.

Quarrying and carving marble
Quarrying and carving marble

Michelangelo, The Awakening Slave (unfinished), c. 1530, marble, 263 cm high (Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence)