A Brief History of Plaster Casts

The art of making casts is an ancient one. Dating to around the seventh millennium BC, the earliest known plaster casts are five Neolithic busts and statues found in Jordan, which were constructed from plaster and reed bundles. The Egyptians, Greeks and and Romans used stucco (fine plaster) to create decorative  architectural features and art objects, such as portrait busts. During the Renaissance plaster was widely used in manufacturing and it is still used by a wide range of professions today.

Making Plaster Casts
Greek and Roman Casts
Renaissance Casts
19th and 20th century Casts
Kritios Boy
Are all casts created equal?
Colour and Casts