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Tired face (Black Edition), Santicri

Tired face (Black Edition)

Santicri

Sculpture - 32 x 17 x 9 cm

€590

Limus Terrae (La Campesina)., Marina Vargas

Limus Terrae (La Campesina).

Marina Vargas

Sculpture - 82 x 42 x 50 cm

€16,768

Corner Fragment, Fence Series, David Sprakes

Corner Fragment, Fence Series

David Sprakes

Sculpture - 16 x 23 x 24 cm

€1,004

Snail on apple sculpture, Irena Tone

Snail on apple sculpture

Irena Tone

Sculpture - 24 x 20 x 19 cm

€875

Metamorphosis, Gyp Mills

Metamorphosis

Gyp Mills

Sculpture - 55.9 x 30.5 x 17.8 cm

€6,500

Montagne, planter une graine, Marie Labat

Montagne, planter une graine

Marie Labat

Sculpture - 23 x 21 x 26 cm

€350

Sculpture sur marbre noir de belgique, Maria Chiara Re

Sculpture sur marbre noir de belgique

Maria Chiara Re

Sculpture - 24 x 6.6 x 6 cm

€2,600

Yumi2, series of 5 lovedolls, Aya Toshikawa

Yumi2, series of 5 lovedolls

Aya Toshikawa

Sculpture - 130 x 55 x 55 cm

€51,000

Good Boy Jeff - Green patina (1), Emre

Good Boy Jeff - Green patina (1)

Emre

Sculpture - 60 x 30 x 30 cm

€18,000

Good boy jeff - Green patina, Emre

Good boy jeff - Green patina

Emre

Sculpture - 60 x 30 x 30 cm

€18,000

Atlas - MVP edition, Emre

Atlas - MVP edition

Emre

Sculpture - 55 x 30 x 30 cm

€15,000

Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix, Salvador Dali

Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix

Salvador Dali

Sculpture - 55.5 x 16 x 16 cm

€30,000

Nous sommes la littérature, Miguel Guía

Nous sommes la littérature

Miguel Guía

Sculpture - 39.5 x 11.5 x 10 cm

€1,270

Nous sommes une énigme, Miguel Guía

Nous sommes une énigme

Miguel Guía

Sculpture - 40 x 11.5 x 13 cm

€1,270

Violon Pizzaiola, Arman

Violon Pizzaiola

Arman

Sculpture - 71 x 25 x 25 cm

€11,000

Tired face (White Edition), Santicri

Tired face (White Edition)

Santicri

Sculpture - 32 x 17 x 9 cm

€580

Hermès s'envole, S2Bart

Hermès s'envole

S2Bart

Sculpture - 130 x 30 x 30 cm

€3,600

Propped Structure, Fence Series, David Sprakes

Propped Structure, Fence Series

David Sprakes

Sculpture - 39 x 21 x 34 cm

€1,004

Broken Corner, Fence Series, David Sprakes

Broken Corner, Fence Series

David Sprakes

Sculpture - 39 x 22 x 34 cm

€1,004

Golden Gingko 3 Leaves, Kuno Vollet

Golden Gingko 3 Leaves

Kuno Vollet

Sculpture - 25 x 9 x 9 cm

€1,800

Marble Sculpture for Sale

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 Ronald Masson and Patricia Guinois Messica.

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What is the most famous marble sculpture?

One of the most famous marble sculptures in the history of art is David by Michelangelo. It depicts David, from the biblical tale of David and Goliath, before he goes to battle with Goliath. This is notable because previous depictions of David showed him either during the battle, or after in his moment of triumph. 

How is a marble sculpture made?

Marble sculptures are made by chipping away at and carving into a block of marble using a tool such as a chisel, before filing the surface to achieve a smooth finish. 

Why was marble used for sculptures?

Marble was so widely used by sculptors due to its translucency, durability and naturalistic physical properties. It was also a popular material during the Renaissance period in Europe because it recalled the classical past of ancient Greek civilisation.