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Victorian Electrotypes: Old Treasures, New Technology

Electrometallurgy, one of many radical innovations of the nineteenth century, was used to create reproductions of historic silver with breathtaking fidelity. Explore how this technology brought science and art together.

Presented with the exhibition Victorian Electrotypes: Old Treasures, New Technology. Learn More: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2011/electrotypes

Introduction by exhibition curator Ellenor M. Alcorn, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, MMA

Art and Science: The Role of Electrometallurgy in the Nineteenth-Century Goldsmith's Workshop
Ubaldo Vitali, conservator and silversmith

The Perfect Marriage of Art and Industry: Elkington's and the South Kensington Museum's Electrotyping Program
Angus Patterson, curator of European Base Metals and Arms and Armour, Victoria and Albert Museum

The Elkington & Co.Visitors' Books at Philadelphia,1876
Alistair Grant, associate tutor in the Department of Art History at the University of Sussex and Research and Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass Departments of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Electroforming in the Contemporary Studio: A Conversation
Michael Glancy, independent artist, and senior critic, Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department, Rhode Island School of Design
Ellenor M. Alcorn, associate curator, Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, MMA

Collections, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts (73)

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Beauty and Belief
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Silent Dynamism
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A Family Gripped by Crisis
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The Body as High Drama
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Hands: Silent Yet Speaking
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Focused in Full Sight
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After Victory
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The Myth behind the Bust
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Agony's Body Language
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One Artist, Many Faces
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A Face Refuses Contact
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Collective Anxiety
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Art or Fiction?
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Beauty and Laughter Entwined
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To Bite or Not To Bite?
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The Roentgens' Rolltop Desk
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Abraham Roentgen's Writing Desk
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Thinking Outside the Box
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The Electrotyping Process
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