CAMPANE MARINELLI — Founded 1339
Art historians think that somewhere around 2000 BC, a craftsman living between the Black Sea and the Persian Gulf, created a sculpture out of beeswax. Then they covered it in damp clay and cooked it in a fire.
Obviously the beeswax melted, creating an empty space which was then filled with the liquid alloys of bronze (copper and tin). Once the metal cooled, the clay was…