detail of model

Models (continued)

While the model for the crucifix is made of plaster, it is a cast of a work constructed from a variety of materials. Sargent originally modeled the figures in clay or plasticine. He used wood for the moldings of the cross, and he cut and cobbled together pattern-impressed sheets, probably made of papier-mâché, to form the grape-and-flower design at the top of the cross. Once he completed that process, he made a mold, or a negative impression of the original. Plaster was then poured into the mold to cast the new sculpture.
Detail of the tacking nails (arrow) and cuts through the grape-and-leaf pattern of the back panel, here photographed from the bronze cast for clarity
The Triumph of Religion