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Modelling - Volume I
A Guide for Teachers and Students

By Ed. Lanteri
With a Preface by Onslow Ford, R.A.


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Modelling - Volume I
A Guide for Teachers and Students

Published in 1922

157 illustrations including 38 photographs of work in progress.

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A link to a bulletin board about sculpture books Sculpture Community - Sculpture.net mentions this book, it is referring to the print copy but the recommendations still apply:

Jamo - 09-15-2005, 02:00 PM
sculpting and modelling the human figure by eduard lanteri very good book.
strong basis for sculpting the bust and figure alot of technical methods from a classical approach. I would suggest picking this one up.

Merlion - 09-23-2005, 07:22 PM
sculpting and modelling the human figure by eduard lanteri very good book. strong basis for sculpting the bust and figure alot of technical methods from a classical approach. I would suggest picking this one up.
I agree. This book, first published by Chapman & Hall, London, in 1902, is a real classic. I remember reading that even the famous Rodin said he learnt from this book.
I find the chapter on "Drapery" very good, the best I have seen, with clear explanation illustrated by sketches and photos.
The book has been republished by Dover Publication in 1965 and 1985. It is still in print and I bought a new one recently. Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure

Merlion - 09-23-2005, 10:04 PM

About A Rodin's mention of E Lanteri, I have just checked. Lanteri was actually the sculpture teacher of Rodin. And in a complimentary letter published as part of the forward in Lanteri's other book, "Modelling and Sculpting Animals", Dover Publications, Rodin wrote,

"My Dear Master, My Dear Friend, None more than you has gained the affection of his pupils. You are at one and the same time a sculptor and a teacher of sculpture, that is to say, so equipped that your teaching has ever been in accordance with experience. ... Your friends Dalou, Boehm, Legros and myself, to whom our intercourse has been so charming, have ever been faithful to you. These artists and workers have ever loved the great worker in you, who to-day give to the public your science of anatomical form, one of your studies - your constant care. ...."


This is a review of the book from a contemprary publication Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol 1-2, by Hutchinson & Company.

...All he undertakes to do is to teach him the craft of the sculptor, and that he does most thoroughly. Naturally, he insists on the supreme importance of drawing as the foundation of sculpture. On this point he will admit of no compromise. There are teachers who tell us that the child learning to model first, acquires the knowledge of drawing intuitively. It is the "Kindergarten" theory, and something is to be said in favour of its practice so far as it may develop in very young children a feeling for form; but Professor Lanteri undoubtedly is right in declaring that "no student ought to be admitted to modelling in a school unless he has first done some serious drawing." For first studies in modelling, he recommends the human features from the cast, and he considers that the best models for the details of the face are not those from "the antique," but from the masque of the "David" of Michel-Angelo. These, he points out, are executed " with such precision, so much knowledge of form and anatomy, that in copying them the student is seized with the desire to know the reason for these forms, and he is thus urged on to the study of anatomy,..

...Even more important than the study of the bones is that of the muscular system, and he makes that clear, but he does not fail to remind the student that whilst anatomy teaches the general laws of the human form, it is the living model that shows the same laws applied and modified by individual characteristics...

PREFACE

IT would be difficult to overrate the value and excellence of this work. Had such a book been obtainable when I was in the twenties, I would not have rested a moment until I possessed a copy, and when possessed of it, it would have been my constant companion. professor Lanteri has put in very comprehensive language everything that is needful for the young sculptor to know.

The result of the careful thought and observation of years is here set forth in a manner so clear that it may appear to some readers that after learning Professor Lanteri's book by heart, they will then know how to model. A careful study of this work will show that the author does not hold out any such vain hope.

The object of this work is to teach the student how to begin. Many things are clearly shown in the illustrations and described in the text that would take some people many years to find out for themselves. The young student is plainly told how to begin, the more advanced student will find many doubts here cleared up, and the feelings, after reading the book, of all who make sculpture their life study, will be those of gratitude.

E. ONSLOW FORD.

INTRODUCTION

CONTENTS

PART I
THE FEATURES FROM THE CAST
(a) The Mouth
(b) The Nose
(c) The Ear
(d) The Eye

THE HEAD FROM ThE CAST
(1) The Skull
(2) The Muscles

PART II
THE BUST FROM LIFE.
MEASUREMENTS
DIAGRAM OF CoNstruction OF FEATURES
(a) Mouth
(b) Nose
(c) Ear
(a') Eye
TREATMENT OF HAIR
MOUSTACHE AND BEARD
DIAGRAM OF FACE

PART III
FIGURE FROM NATURE
FRAMEWORK
SCALE OF PROPORTIONS
POSING THE MODEL
CHIEF LINE
CONTRASTS OF LINES AND OF PROJECTION OF SURFACES
BUILDING UP OF FIGURE
MEASUREMENTS AND OSTEOLOGICAL CONSTRUCTION OF FIGURE
INFLUENCE OF OSTEOLOGY ON SUPERFICIAL FORMS
RADIATION OF LINES
EXAMPLE OF THE ILISSUS
SPACES OF REST BETWEEN MASSES
EXPRESSION IN MODELLING
CONTINUATION OF LINES
COMPARATIVE PROPORTIONS
MUSCLES OF THE FIGURE‹PHOTOGRAPHS FROM CLAY MODEL AND
DIAGRAMS
THE SKELETON IN DIFFERENT VIEWS

"...I am recommending your site to all of my colleagues. We do special effects for motion pictures and t.v. and extensively use anatomical reference for our work. The newer anatomy books just don't have the same qualities..."
-David Beneke

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