The Gipsoteca, the collection of plaster molds from Ancient, Classical and Renaissance original works, owned by Ferdinando Marinelli Jr., is one of the treasures of the Fonderia Artistica Ferdinando Marinelli. Thanks to this collection, the Foundry can produce its famous bronzes and marbles identically to the masterpieces from which they originate. The Gipsoteca was established during the first half of the 20th century. The founder of the FAFM, Ferdinando Marinelli Sr., dedicated part of his time to creating these casts directly from the masterpieces themselves, with the approval of the Pope. Nowadays, Ferdinando Marinelli Jr., continues to enrich the collection when the appropriate authorities permit working on the original sculptures for the purpose of producing museum-grade posthumous castings in bronze.
With its long history, strong roots, and priceless mould collection, FAFM has long been secured in its spot as one of the busiest, and most important, foundries in Italy, while Marinelli Sr. forged himself as one of the rings in the long and unbroken chain that began with the early Renaissance smelters and 16th century specialists. This chain of tradition and artisanship continues to this day under the direction of his nephew Ferdinando Marinelli, and his students.