The Lost-Wax Casting Technique in Antiquity - Quiz & Worksheet


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Why was it difficult to make large statues in bronze before the lost-wax technique?

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1. What is the essence of the lost-wax technique?

2. What is one advantage of the lost-wax technique, as seen by the statue 'Zeus of Artemision'?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

For most of human history artists have created statues as works of art, but for ancient artists, materials and technologies were much more difficult to work with than they are today. This led to the technique known as lost-wax casting, commonly used to make sculptures throughout the ancient world. These assessment questions will test you on information related to lost-wax casting, such as the characteristics of the technique and the reasons it grew in popularity.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on

  • Why the lost-wax technique made sculpting easier
  • The basics of the technique
  • Advantages of the technique
  • How the lost-wax technique produces different types of artwork
  • Materials used in original models

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - recall the specifics of the lost-wax technique and the reasons it was widely used to make sculpture in the ancient world
  • Reading comprehension - check your understanding of the materials used in the lost-wax technique and the types of art it would produce
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the lost-wax technique to answer the quiz questions on its use in art of the ancient world

Additional Learning

To learn more about this ancient artistic technique, review the corresponding lesson called The Lost-Wax Casting Technique in Antiquity. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Ancient sculptures
  • The lost-wax technique
  • How the technique works
  • Examples of ancient sculptures using this technique