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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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David Vaamonde, Equilibre (DV17), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

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

$2,720

Our recommendations Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
58 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,710

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Mario, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,183

Roland Masson, Rencontre, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Rencontre, 2018
71 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,586

Jean-Marc Mariani, Bayaka, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Bayaka, 2016
30 x 30 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$3,858

Anne Rabion, Petit Ours, Sculpture

Anne Rabion

Petit Ours, 2019
17 x 25 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$1,051

Léo  Caillard, Hercule Torsadé, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Hercule Torsadé, 2020
75 x 25 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$17,312

Patricia Guinois Messica, Power of Love, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Power of Love, 2019
46 x 10 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$6,059

Lucas Mancione, Oreille 1a, Sculpture

Lucas Mancione

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

$9,892

Claude Bertrand, Automne hiver, Sculpture

Claude Bertrand

Automne hiver, 2019
60 x 10 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$2,844

André Saraiva, Cube, Sculpture

André Saraiva

Cube, 2018
7 x 7 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$927

Remed, L’Être ailé, noir, Sculpture

Remed

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

$1,472

Ryszard Piotrowski, Nude, Sculpture

Ryszard Piotrowski

Nude, 1996
15.5 x 39 x 24 cm
Sculpture

$5,935

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, So tells water I, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

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

$2,708

Veronika Bianchi, A Play, Sculpture

Veronika Bianchi

A Play, 2016
40 x 45 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$5,565

Millan Garayalde, La Tour de Babel, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

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

$1,855

Réjane LeChat, Larme, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Larme, 2011
47 x 10 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$3,957

Gabriele Dal Dosso, Cubo di gabo – M³.3D_TO, Sculpture

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo di gabo – M³.3D_TO, 2020
8.7 x 32 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$4,328

Nerijus Erminas, Living room, Sculpture

Nerijus Erminas

Living room, 2016
175 x 90 x 80 cm
Sculpture

$8,656

Johnathan Ball, All Seeing (Original), Sculpture

Johnathan Ball

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

$4,400

Mindaugas Juncys, Saint, Sculpture

Mindaugas Juncys

Saint, 2020
64 x 40 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$9,398

guglielmo PUGI, Pugi, Sculpture

guglielmo PUGI

Pugi, 1900
53 x 33 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$2,720

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
65 x 6 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,731

Jesus Curia, Violeta, Sculpture

Jesus Curia

Violeta, 2019
25 x 27 x 33 cm
Sculpture

$8,409

Strahil Naydenov, Just a game, Sculpture

Strahil Naydenov

Just a game, 2021
55 x 40 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$680

Mourad Zarai, Tête cheval, Sculpture

Mourad Zarai

Tête cheval, 2016
74 x 43 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$3,091

Herrel, Attache III, Sculpture

Herrel

Attache III, 2020
24 x 19 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$6,801

Carla Tolomeo, Lune bianche, Sculpture

Carla Tolomeo

Lune bianche, 2012
185 x 70 x 29 cm
Sculpture

$12,366

Claude Torricini, La Gazelle, Sculpture

Claude Torricini

La Gazelle, 2005
35 x 19 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$5,565

Jeanne Raingeard, Retour aux abysses, Sculpture

Jeanne Raingeard

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

$2,164

Pablo Atchugarry, Untitled, Sculpture

Pablo Atchugarry

Untitled, 2014
89 x 34 x 50.8 cm
Sculpture

$140,000

Florence Jarrige, Fragment d'aile, Sculpture

Florence Jarrige

Fragment d'aile, 2020
20 x 40 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$5,565

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

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

$3,091

Cécile de Kock, Océan Plénitude, Sculpture

Cécile de Kock

Océan Plénitude, 2020
24 x 44 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$4,019

Matthieu Floranc, Ours Polaire en équilibre, Sculpture

Matthieu Floranc

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

$8,038

Engenio Maffini, The nut, Sculpture

Engenio Maffini

The nut, 1980
60 x 70 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$17,312

Angella Holguin, Nube Dorada, Sculpture

Angella Holguin

Nube Dorada, 2018
28 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$2,349

Patrice Kauffmann, Déesse, Sculpture

Patrice Kauffmann

Déesse, 2013
13 x 39 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,957

David Vaamonde, Bottle (DV19), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Bottle (DV19), 2021
43 x 21 x 8 cm
Sculpture

$2,720

David Vaamonde, Black (DV18), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

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

$3,091

Miguel Guía, Gravity, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Gravity, 2020
44.5 x 24.5 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$1,385

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes la littérature, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,570

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes une énigme, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,570

Arman, Violon Pizzaiola, Sculpture

Arman

Violon Pizzaiola, 2004
71 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$13,602

S2Bart, Hermès s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,452

Arman, Venus au violon, Sculpture

Arman

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

$30,914

S2Bart, Chanel s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,452

Etienne, L'Oiseau dans la main, Sculpture

Etienne

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

$30,914

Arno Sebban, Sancho pansa, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Sancho pansa, 2019
53 x 54 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,586

Lutfi Romhein, Taureau, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Taureau, 2003
34 x 35 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$3,710

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Coming Home, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Coming Home, 2017
9 x 3 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$223

Lutfi Romhein, Nabâa (Sources), Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

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

$3,091

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Luigi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,183

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Unicorn, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$7,419

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Yoshi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,183

Roland Masson, Jumelle I, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Jumelle I, 2018
64 x 23 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,844

Roland Masson, Samotrace, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Samotrace, 2016
74 x 15 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$2,844

David Vaamonde, Elégance (DV04), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

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

$2,968

David Vaamonde, Ensemble (DV11), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

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

$1,360

Roland Masson, Cristal, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Cristal, 2018
25 x 41 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$2,720

Roland Masson, Elvira, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Elvira, 2018
20 x 65 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$2,349

Roland Masson, Malo, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Malo, 2018
17 x 57 x 8.5 cm
Sculpture

$2,349

Roland Masson, Elvire, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Elvire, 2018
27 x 69 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$3,091

Roland Masson, Phale, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Phale, 2017
19 x 34 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,113

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