Bronze is by far the most famous material used to cast metal busts or sculptures. During the medieval period, some of the reliquaries were made as a bust, particularly the famous Charlemange bust from 1350. Since the art of bronze sculptures and busts nearly disappeared, it was rediscovered during the Renaissance period and the mid-nineteenth century.
Busts were created in several materials such as terracotta or wood, and marbles, during the Renaissance period. Initially, at that period, most of them were flat at the bottom. The round-bottomed Roman design was most famous in the Baroque period. One of the renowned bust artists, Gian Lorenzo Bernini from Rome portrayed the popes, foreign monarchs including Louis XVI, and cardinals. His work of Louis XVI had a great influence on sculptors around the world.
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