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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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Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier, 2011
20 x 48 x 48 cm
Sculpture

$11,846

Anany, Les Pépites - Bijoux d’intérieur/23 R, Sculpture

Anany

Les Pépites - Bijoux d’intérieur/23 R, 2021
8 x 7.5 x 0.3 cm
Sculpture

$179

Domenico Ludovico, Memory 1, Sculpture

Domenico Ludovico

Memory 1, 2017
43 x 15 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$6,145

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Yoshi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$5,983

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
65 x 6 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,675

Veronika Bianchi, A Play, Sculpture

Veronika Bianchi

A Play, 2016
40 x 45 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$5,384

Jean-Marc Mariani, Calista, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Calista, 2020
20 x 30 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$2,273

Anne Rabion, Petit Ours, Sculpture

Anne Rabion

Petit Ours, 2019
17 x 25 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$1,017

Ryszard Piotrowski, Nude, Sculpture

Ryszard Piotrowski

Nude, 2018
12.5 x 29 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$4,427

Patricia Guinois Messica, Extase, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Extase, 2018
37 x 20 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$4,188

Our recommendations Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
58 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,590

Claude Bertrand, Automne hiver, Sculpture

Claude Bertrand

Automne hiver, 2019
60 x 10 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$2,752

guglielmo PUGI, Pugi, Sculpture

guglielmo PUGI

Pugi, 1900
53 x 33 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,632

Remed, L’Être ailé, noir, Sculpture

Remed

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

$1,424

Lee Berthille, Mon Cartier Blue and black panthers number 1, Sculpture

Lee Berthille

Mon Cartier Blue and black panthers number 1, 2021
45 x 140 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$3,709

David Vaamonde, Wave (DV06), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

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

$1,197

Our recommendations Pablo Atchugarry, Untitled, Sculpture

Pablo Atchugarry

Untitled, 2014
89 x 34 x 50.8 cm
Sculpture

$140,000

Our recommendations Cesare Callegari, Antigone, Sculpture

Cesare Callegari

Antigone, 2021
22 x 15 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$1,197

Joachim Monvoisin, Boomerang, Sculpture

Joachim Monvoisin

Boomerang, 2013
20 x 35 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$1,197

Léo  Caillard, Venus Sine, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Venus Sine, 2020
65 x 69 x 26 cm
Sculpture

$16,752

Mindaugas Juncys, Shatter, Sculpture

Mindaugas Juncys

Shatter, 2011
46 x 23 x 31 cm
Sculpture

$2,393

Emmanuele De Ruvo, Obligate Mutualism, Sculpture

Emmanuele De Ruvo

Obligate Mutualism, 2018
95 x 65 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$8,974

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, Le yack blanc, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

Le yack blanc, 2014
35 x 25 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$3,027

Sylvia Brotons, Yoko, Sculpture

Sylvia Brotons

Yoko, 2019
30 x 18 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$1,412

Johnathan Ball, All Seeing (Original), Sculpture

Johnathan Ball

All Seeing (Original), 2019
30.5 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
Sculpture

$5,100

Nerijus Erminas, Living room, Sculpture

Nerijus Erminas

Living room, 2016
175 x 90 x 80 cm
Sculpture

$8,376

India Leire, Parasite #1, Sculpture

India Leire

Parasite #1, 2014
92 x 27 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$1,137

Jan Kees Lantermans, Mating tango, Sculpture

Jan Kees Lantermans

Mating tango, 2009
60 x 60 x 60 cm
Sculpture

$2,991

Angella Holguin, Nube Dorada, Sculpture

Angella Holguin

Nube Dorada, 2018
28 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$2,273

Jeanne Raingeard, Retour aux abysses, Sculpture

Jeanne Raingeard

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

$2,094

Loic Maillard, Miss spider, Sculpture

Loic Maillard

Miss spider, 2019
80 x 23 x 23 cm
Sculpture

$3,829

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Wind Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

Play-Wind Her, 2016
60 x 40 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$4,188

Matthieu Floranc, Ours Polaire en équilibre, Sculpture

Matthieu Floranc

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

$7,778

Alexandra Cool, Sans Titre / Untitled, Sculpture

Alexandra Cool

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

$4,188

Frank E Hollywood, Past, Present, Future, Sculpture

Frank E Hollywood

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

$3,590

Cécile de Kock, Océan Plénitude, Sculpture

Cécile de Kock

Océan Plénitude, 2020
24 x 44 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,889

Engenio Maffini, The nut, Sculpture

Engenio Maffini

The nut, 1980
60 x 70 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$16,752

Claude Torricini, La Gazelle, Sculpture

Claude Torricini

La Gazelle, 2005
35 x 19 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$5,384

Carla Tolomeo, Lune bianche, Sculpture

Carla Tolomeo

Lune bianche, 2012
185 x 70 x 29 cm
Sculpture

$11,965

Patrice Kauffmann, Déesse, Sculpture

Patrice Kauffmann

Déesse, 2013
13 x 39 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,829

Mauro Perucchetti, Born with a silver spoon 1/8, Sculpture

Mauro Perucchetti

Born with a silver spoon 1/8, 2012
75 x 82 x 82 cm
Sculpture

$115,500

Dominique Regnier, Elsa de Carrare, Sculpture

Dominique Regnier

Elsa de Carrare, 2018
52 x 29 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$4,667

Aya Toshikawa, Yumi2, series of 5 lovedolls, Sculpture

Aya Toshikawa

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

$35,896

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

$11,367

Miguel Guía, Gravity, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Gravity, 2020
44.5 x 24.5 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$1,340

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes la littérature, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,520

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes une énigme, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,520

S2Bart, Hermès s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,308

S2Bart, Chanel s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,308

Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier Vanité, 2010
20 x 50 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$22,136

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Mario, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$5,983

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Luigi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$5,983

Arno Sebban, Sancho pansa, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Sancho pansa, 2019
53 x 54 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,470

Roland Masson, Elvira, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Elvira, 2018
20 x 65 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$2,273

Roland Masson, Malo, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Malo, 2018
17 x 57 x 8.5 cm
Sculpture

$2,273

Roland Masson, Phale, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Phale, 2017
19 x 34 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,077

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Unicorn, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Unicorn, 2019
55 x 30 x 30 cm
Sculpture

$7,179

David Sprakes, Broken Corner, Fence Series, Sculpture

David Sprakes

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

$1,184

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi, 2021
65 x 6 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,675

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi brûlé, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi brûlé, 2021
65 x 6 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,675

Roland Masson, Rencontre, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Rencontre, 2018
71 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,470

Roland Masson, Samotrace, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Samotrace, 2016
74 x 15 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$2,752

Etienne, L'Oiseau dans la main, Sculpture

Etienne

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

$29,914

David Sprakes, Propped Structure, Fence Series, Sculpture

David Sprakes

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

$1,184

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