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Marble Sculpture

Marble is a noble material which has long been used to make the furniture of wealthy families and grandiose sculptures. Nonetheless, marble has kept its place in contemporary art. Simon Starling's huge suspended marble blocks and Philippe Cognée's marble models of modern cities are just a few examples of the how the material is used in the art world today.

Marble is derived from limestone and has been widely used throughout art history. It is an incredibly strong and hard-wearing material. Since antiquity, important sculptors such as Phidias and Myron worked with marble to create nude male and female figures as well as bas-reliefs. Marble allowed them to realistically represent the human body. Along with bronze sculpture, marble was a popular choice in Roman sculpture. Sculptors used the rock to recreate bronze Greek casts and represent key political figures. Marble might have been even more widespread during Roman times had it not been so expensive and difficult to import.

However during the Renaissance, inspired by Ancient Greek sculpture, artists were willing to pay more for marble. Michelangelo is believed to have said that he wanted to free the human form trapped inside the stone. Among the many human forms that he 'freed', 'David' is considered to be his most famous sculpture.

Marble sculpture has been explored by all art movements throughout art history and for good reason too. Its translucence, luminosity and the delicacy of its grain all make it a perfect choice for representing human skin. It is soft and easy to work and polish, but does need a strong pedestal to support it. Marble sculpture is resistant but does not wear well outdoors. It can also stain and turn yellow if it comes into contact with skin.

To create a marble sculpture artists can either work from a clay or wax model or carve directly from the stone. The sculptor first shapes the stone using a chisel and a mallet, chipping away the unwanted parts of stone, they might also use a pitching tool. The artist positions the chisel on the stone and strikes it very precisely with the mallet, turning it at the same time. The sculptor then takes a toothed chisel or claw to create texture as wanted and removes any excess stone with a rasp, before adding details such as hair or folds in the draping to the work using a riffler,. Finally, the artist polishes the final sculpture with sandpaper or emery cloth.

Today, the creative process can be made much simpler. The marble can be mixed with resins or binding agents and then poured into a clay mould. This makes the marble statue even more resistant, particularly outdoors and prevents it from becoming discoloured. Both modern and contemporary sculpture have many great sculptors to boast of who have worked with marble, including Auguste Rodin, Donald Judd and Damien Hirst.

Artsper has a range of contemporary marble sculptures by a range artists including Roland Masson , Dominique Regnier and Jean Miguel Quinones. .

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Léo  Caillard, Venus Sine, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Venus Sine, 2020
65 x 69 x 26 cm
Sculpture

$16,855

David Sprakes, Broken Corner, Fence Series, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Broken Corner, Fence Series, 2021
39 x 22 x 34 cm
Sculpture

$1,186

Our recommendations Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
58 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,612

David Vaamonde, Equilibre (DV17), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Equilibre (DV17), 2021
67 x 9 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,649

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Mario, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Mario, 2019
45 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$6,020

Roland Masson, De playa, Sculpture

Roland Masson

De playa, 2016
21 x 56 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$2,649

Jean-Marc Mariani, Yumbe, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Yumbe, 2016
50 x 15 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$3,323

Anne Rabion, Petit Ours, Sculpture

Anne Rabion

Petit Ours, 2019
17 x 25 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$1,023

Claude Bertrand, Automne hiver, Sculpture

Claude Bertrand

Automne hiver, 2019
60 x 10 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$2,769

André Saraiva, Cube, Sculpture

André Saraiva

Cube, 2018
7 x 7 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$903

Patricia Guinois Messica, Les larmes de Gaïa, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Les larmes de Gaïa, 2019
25 x 27 x 21 cm
Sculpture

$3,491

Vladas Kanciauskas, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sculpture

Vladas Kanciauskas

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 2010
39 x 42 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$3,612

Lucas Mancione, Oreille 1a, Sculpture

Lucas Mancione

Oreille 1a, 2019
74 x 34 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$9,632

Remed, L’Être ailé, noir, Sculpture

Remed

L’Être ailé, noir, 2020
21.5 x 40 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,433

Johnathan Ball, Artanis, Sculpture

Johnathan Ball

Artanis, 2020
30.5 x 15.2 x 12.7 cm
Sculpture

$2,700

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, So tells water I, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

So tells water I, 2020
32 x 23 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$2,637

Ryszard Piotrowski, Nude, Sculpture

Ryszard Piotrowski

Nude, 1996
15.5 x 39 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$5,779

Millan Garayalde, La Tour de Babel, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

La Tour de Babel, 2017
38 x 22 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$1,806

guglielmo PUGI, Pugi, Sculpture

guglielmo PUGI

Pugi, 1900
53 x 33 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,649

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
65 x 6 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,686

Veronika Bianchi, A Play, Sculpture

Veronika Bianchi

A Play, 2016
40 x 45 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$5,418

Aramis Justiz, La infinita levedad del ser, Sculpture

Aramis Justiz

La infinita levedad del ser, 2016
55 x 55 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,841

Sylvia Brotons, Yoko, Sculpture

Sylvia Brotons

Yoko, 2019
30 x 18 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,421

Pablo Atchugarry, Untitled, Sculpture

Pablo Atchugarry

Untitled, 2014
89 x 34 x 50.8 cm
Sculpture

$140,000

Frank E Hollywood, Past, Present, Future, Sculpture

Frank E Hollywood

Past, Present, Future, 2020
30 x 25 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,612

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

Play-Her, 2015
47 x 20 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$3,010

Mourad Zarai, Tête cheval, Sculpture

Mourad Zarai

Tête cheval, 2016
74 x 43 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$3,010

Angella Holguin, Nube Dorada, Sculpture

Angella Holguin

Nube Dorada, 2018
28 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$2,288

Herrel, Attache III, Sculpture

Herrel

Attache III, 2020
24 x 19 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$6,622

Jeanne Raingeard, Retour aux abysses, Sculpture

Jeanne Raingeard

Retour aux abysses, 2020
46 x 35 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$2,107

Carla Tolomeo, Lune bianche, Sculpture

Carla Tolomeo

Lune bianche, 2012
185 x 70 x 29 cm
Sculpture

$12,040

Claude Torricini, La Gazelle, Sculpture

Claude Torricini

La Gazelle, 2005
35 x 19 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$5,418

Alexandra Cool, Sans Titre / Untitled, Sculpture

Alexandra Cool

Sans Titre / Untitled, 2012
52 x 65 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$4,214

Cécile de Kock, Océan Plénitude, Sculpture

Cécile de Kock

Océan Plénitude, 2020
24 x 44 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,913

Matthieu Floranc, Ours Polaire en équilibre, Sculpture

Matthieu Floranc

Ours Polaire en équilibre, 2020
40 x 31 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$7,826

Patrice Kauffmann, Déesse, Sculpture

Patrice Kauffmann

Déesse, 2013
13 x 39 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,853

Engenio Maffini, The nut, Sculpture

Engenio Maffini

The nut, 1980
60 x 70 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$16,855

Dominique Regnier, Amalia de Golzinne, Sculpture

Dominique Regnier

Amalia de Golzinne, 2020
38 x 23 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$3,552

Claire McArdle, Geneviève, Sculpture

Claire McArdle

Geneviève, 2016
111.8 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm
Sculpture

$14,000

Aya Toshikawa, Yumi2, series of 5 lovedolls, Sculpture

Aya Toshikawa

Yumi2, series of 5 lovedolls, 2015
130 x 55 x 55 cm
Sculpture

$36,119

Marie-Josèphe Bourron, 1979 Sein de marbre rose Pink marble breast, Sculpture

Marie-Josèphe Bourron

1979 Sein de marbre rose Pink marble breast, 1979
30 x 23 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$11,438

Léo  Caillard, Captain America, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Captain America, 2020
85 x 72 x 47 cm
Sculpture

$20,467

David Sprakes, Propped Structure, Fence Series, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Propped Structure, Fence Series, 2021
39 x 21 x 34 cm
Sculpture

$1,186

David Sprakes, Corner Fragment, Fence Series, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Corner Fragment, Fence Series, 2021
16 x 23 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$1,186

Miguel Guía, Gravity, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Gravity, 2020
44.5 x 24.5 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$1,348

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes la littérature, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Nous sommes la littérature, 2020
39.5 x 11.5 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$1,529

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes une énigme, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Nous sommes une énigme, 2020
40 x 11.5 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$1,529

S2Bart, Hermès s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

Hermès s'envole, 2019
130 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$4,334

S2Bart, Chanel s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

Chanel s'envole, 2019
130 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$4,334

Arman, Violon Pizzaiola, Sculpture

Arman

Violon Pizzaiola, 2004
71 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$13,244

Arman, Venus au violon, Sculpture

Arman

Venus au violon, 1991
71 x 15 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$30,099

Lutfi Romhein, Taureau, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Taureau, 2003
34 x 35 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$3,612

Arno Sebban, Sancho pansa, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Sancho pansa, 2019
53 x 54 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,491

Etienne, L'Oiseau dans la main, Sculpture

Etienne

L'Oiseau dans la main, 2016
20 x 21 x 11.5 cm
Sculpture

$30,099

Lutfi Romhein, Nabâa (Sources), Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Nabâa (Sources), 2016
51 x 14 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$3,010

David Vaamonde, Elégance (DV04), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Elégance (DV04), 2019
60 x 15 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$2,889

David Vaamonde, Wave (DV06), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Wave (DV06), 2019
39 x 12 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$1,204

David Vaamonde, Ensemble (DV11), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Ensemble (DV11), 2019
42 x 14 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$1,324

David Vaamonde, Black (DV18), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Black (DV18), 2021
47 x 20 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$3,010

David Vaamonde, Free (DV03), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Free (DV03), 2019
40 x 33 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$2,649

David Vaamonde, Balance (DV07), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Balance (DV07), 2019
74 x 11 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$2,950

David Vaamonde, Curve (DV10), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Curve (DV10), 2019
27 x 9 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$602

Roland Masson, Cristal, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Cristal, 2018
25 x 41 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$2,649

Roland Masson, Jumelle I, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Jumelle I, 2018
64 x 23 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,769

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