The use of marble in art: brief history on “Finestre sull’Arte”
The use of marble in art has ancient origins
The first people to carve marble, were certainly not the Romans
The earliest marble sculptures known to us, come from ancient Greece.
The earliest known example, of marble sculpture depicting a life-size human being, is the Kore of Nikandre, a Greek statue from the mid-seventh century B.C.
But, marble sculpture, has even earlier origins.
For example, several small artifacts, small votive statuettes made of marble from the Cycladic civilization, the oldest culture of the ancient Bronze Age that developed in the Cycladic islands, between 3200 and 2000 BCE, are known.
The very term “marble” , after all, is of Greek origin.
The name is derived from the term mármaros, meaning “shining stone,” although, in ancient times, the choice of marble as the main material for carving was not so much related to the material’s luster ( the Greeks and Romans colored their statues) as to its wide availability and ease of transportation and processing. It was these reasons that led many Greek sculptors to specialize in the use of this material.
Read the article:
“Carrara marble in art. History of its use in monuments.”
by Federico Giannini, Ilaria Baratta , written on 12/11/2022 on Finestre sull’Arte