The need to reproduce world-famous sculpture dates back to the Renaissance. Casts of sculptures are made to order in plaster foundries, going all over the world. This makes it possible to study such sculptures in reproduction.
Around 1800, art education gains momentum for training artisans. Clients are desperately in need of good craftsmen. They start craft schools to train people to ensure enough quality hands to richly decorate palaces, country houses and government buildings. Necessary to this education are copies of high-profile statues and reliefs from various cultures. Only the three-dimensional objects elevate drawing and design from the flat plane. After all, the sculptures to be made are also three-dimensional.