original Dietz replica | copper | gold elements | Ø approx. 32 cm | weight approx. 1.3 kg
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Dietz replica "Nebra Sky Disk"
The Nebra Sky Disk is a bronze plate from the Bronze Age with applications of gold that apparently depict astronomical phenomena and symbols of religious themes. It is considered the world's oldest concrete representation of the heavens and one of the most important archaeological finds from this period. It was found on 4 July 1999 by looted excavators in a stone chamber on the Mittelberg near the town of Nebra in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Since 2002, it has been part of the collection of the Saxony-Anhalt State Museum of Prehistory in Halle. In 2012, it became part of the "Register of National Protected Cultural Property". Since June 2013, the Sky Disk has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Significant records from the history of humanity are collected in this "Memory of the World Register".
The almist circular original plate has a diameter of about 32 centimetres and a thickness of 4.5 millimetres in the centre and 1.7 millimetres at the edge. The weight is about 2.3 kilograms. The original disc is made of bronze, an alloy of copper and tin, whose copper content has been proven to come from the Mitterberg near Mühlbach am Hochkönig in the Eastern Alps.
According to experts, the discs represent stars, and the group of seven small discs probably represent the star cluster of the Pleiades, which belong to the constellation of Taurus. The other 23 cannot be assigned astronomically and are regarded as ornaments. The large disc was initially interpreted as the sun. But today it is also seen as the full moon, and the crescent as the waxing moon.
Original: State Museum of Prehistory, Halle/Saale.
Our Dietz replica has a diameter of approx. 32 cm and was replicated on 2 mm thick copper. Weight approx. 1.3 kg. All gold elements are covered with 22-carat real gold, and the elevations can be felt. The Dietz replica was created in agreement with and with the permission of the Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle/Saale.
Günter Dietz developed a revolutionary method for the authentic reproduction of paintings, where not the usual printing inks are used, but the same original colours used by the artist. Depending on the artist's painting technique, up to 140 (!), different paint applications need to be applied in order to achieve a perfect replica of the original that also tangibly reproduces the "relief" and pastosity of colour composition.
Here are the examples of 'Couple at the Garden Table' by August Macke:
Furthermore, the same material as the original, such as reproduction on canvas, paper, wood, copper, parchment is always used.
The result is a perfect, gridless reproduction that comes very close to the original in expressiveness and effect. Even museum specialists often can not distinguish the replica from the original. Therefore, a special security note must be added, which is visible only under X-rays.
The edition of most Dietz replicas is limited, usually to 950 copies. Each canvas replica is stretched onto a frame as the original, so you can retighten the canvas in case of fluctuations in room temperature and humidity. A high-quality solid wood strips round off every Dietz replica.
Numerous masterpiece paintings of Rembrandt, Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet, Gustav Klimt and various others have been recreated by the "Dietz Offizin". Famous modern artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Joan Miró and Marc Chagall have used this method developed by Günter Dietz in order to have replicas of their works produced.
"The Dietz System provides images as good as the originals. What the electronics did with the invention of Hi-Fi and stereo for music playback - here the graphic technology made up for visual art." (Die Zeit, German newspaper)
"In theory, there is no difference between the original and the Dietz replica. They should not be called reproductions, but facsimiles." (Newsweek, US-American news magazine)
"For art printers all over the world remains unrealizable to this day, what Dietz only managed with the help of printing technology: The perfect reproduction of painted works." (Der Spiegel, German news magazine)
A true-to-the-original reproduction of an artwork in the same size and with the best possible material and colour uniformity.
The mould is usually taken directly from the original so that the replication reproduces even the finest details. After casting the replication, using the most appropriate method, the surface is polished, patinated, gilded or painted according to the original.
A replication of ars mundi is a recognizable copy of the original.
A plastic work of sculptural art made of wood, stone, ivory, bronze or other metals.
While sculptures from wood, ivory or stone are made directly from the block of material, in bronze casting a working model is prepared at first. Usually, it is made of clay or other easily mouldable materials.
The prime time of sculpture after the Greek and Roman antiquity was the Renaissance. Impressionism gave a new impulse to the sculptural arts. Contemporary artists such as Jorg Immendorf, Andora, and Markus Lupertz also enriched sculptures with outstanding works.