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Alan J. Strekow
Master metalsmith Cyril Colnik (1871–1958) was an Austrian-born artist who parlayed a gold medal at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago into a sixty-year career creating marvelously intricate gates, balustrades, chandeliers, grilles, architectural ornaments, and other decor for public buildings and the mansions of the wealthy in the “German Athens” of America—Milwaukee, Wisconsin. .
Repousse means to repeal in French; the craftsmen that did Repousse work were often called embossers. Jerry's background in Repousse comes from Nahum Hersom.
A lavish exploration of the culture, symbolism and craftsmanship of Arms and Armor at a time when their artistic and ornamental importance, in fine art as much as in the armor work itself, was superseding battlefield use.
Ida Sinkevic is Associate professor of Art at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. She has written a number of articles and books on numerous artistic subjects.
Spending time with over 40 outdoor metal artists, Nancy visits well-established smiths, as well as those less we-know.