De Andreis Foundry
At the De Andreis Foundry, now run by his son Franco and five new partners, Floriano Bodini bronzes, Alik Cavaliere trees and the most famous works by Arnaldo Pomodoro have been cast. This visit to the roots of sculpture making takes place in a workshop with a world renowned, unique style, and you will learn to distinguish the thin line that separates the artist from the craftsman.
Lost wax casting is a technique with ancient roots: invented in the Bronze Age, it reached its peak in the 16th Century, as was described by Benvenuto Cellini in his "Treatise on Sculpture". Like many other contemporary sculptors, Arnaldo Pomodoro still uses this technique to realize his works. What exactly does it entail? To discover this and other secrets, the only way is to observe it with your own eyes, where it is still practiced.
Arnaldo Pomodoro has always relied on the experience of the Fonderia De Andreis, one of the last still active. The Foundry was opened in 1964 by Giuseppe De Andreis after a lifetime of working in the most long-standing artisan workshops in Milan. In the hands of Giuseppe, known as "Pinella", the works of the greatest avant-garde Italian sculptors took shape: Arturo Martini, Adolfo Wildt, Giacomo Manzù, Marino Marini ... and even the doors of the Duomo.