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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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Hyun Ae Kang, Home, Sculpture

Hyun Ae Kang

Home, 1991
12 x 16 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$15,000

Millan Garayalde, Wind ll, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

Wind ll, 2021
19.7 x 9.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,277

Johnathan Ball, The Watcher (Original), Sculpture

Johnathan Ball

The Watcher (Original), 2020
10 x 6 x 5 inch
Sculpture

$2,400

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Unicorn, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Unicorn, 2019
21.7 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$7,588

Etienne, L'Oiseau dans la main, Sculpture

Etienne

L'Oiseau dans la main, 2016
7.9 x 8.3 x 4.5 inch
Sculpture

$31,618

Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
22.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,794

David Vaamonde, Little torso (DV08), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Little torso (DV08), 2019
7.1 x 3.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$632

Jean-Marc Mariani, Bayaka, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Bayaka, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,946

Anne Rabion, Petit Ours, Sculpture

Anne Rabion

Petit Ours, 2019
6.7 x 9.8 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,075

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

Vladas Kanciauskas

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 2010
15.4 x 16.5 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,794

Patricia Guinois Messica, Power of Love, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Power of Love, 2019
18.1 x 3.9 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$6,197

Lucas Mancione, Oreille 1a, Sculpture

Lucas Mancione

Oreille 1a, 2019
29.1 x 13.4 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$10,118

Claude Bertrand, Automne hiver, Sculpture

Claude Bertrand

Automne hiver, 2019
23.6 x 3.9 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,909

André Saraiva, Cube, Sculpture

André Saraiva

Cube, 2018
2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$949

Remed, L’Être ailé, noir, Sculpture

Remed

L’Être ailé, noir, 2020
8.5 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,505

Laura Soprani, Attrazione fatale, Sculpture

Laura Soprani

Attrazione fatale, 2016
86 x 35 x 35.4 inch
Sculpture

$18,000

Réjane LeChat, Larme, Sculpture

Réjane LeChat

Larme, 2011
18.5 x 3.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,047

Mireille Bassier-Tilmont, Shen - marbre, Sculpture

Mireille Bassier-Tilmont

Shen - marbre, 2018
13.8 x 9.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$2,365

Hayk Mnatsakanyan, Symphony of Love, Sculpture

Hayk Mnatsakanyan

Symphony of Love, 2014
13.8 x 5.1 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$5,059

Mourad Zarai, Tête cheval, Sculpture

Mourad Zarai

Tête cheval, 2016
29.1 x 16.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Ryszard Piotrowski, Nude, Sculpture

Ryszard Piotrowski

Nude, 2018
4.9 x 11.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,680

Veronika Bianchi, A Play, Sculpture

Veronika Bianchi

A Play, 2016
15.7 x 17.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,691

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, So tells water I, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

So tells water I, 2020
12.6 x 9.1 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,770

Jesus Curia, Violeta, Sculpture

Jesus Curia

Violeta, 2019
9.8 x 10.6 x 13 inch
Sculpture

$8,600

Gabriele Dal Dosso, Cubo di gabo – M³.M.Black_R1, Sculpture

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo di gabo – M³.M.Black_R1, 2020
23.6 x 23.6 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$9,738

Pablo Atchugarry, Untitled, Sculpture

Pablo Atchugarry

Untitled, 2014
35.04 x 13.39 x 20 inch
Sculpture

$140,000

Nerijus Erminas, Living room, Sculpture

Nerijus Erminas

Living room, 2016
68.9 x 35.4 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$8,853

Mindaugas Juncys, Saint, Sculpture

Mindaugas Juncys

Saint, 2020
25.2 x 15.7 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$9,612

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
25.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,771

guglielmo PUGI, Pugi, Sculpture

guglielmo PUGI

Pugi, 1900
20.9 x 13 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,782

Carla Tolomeo, Lune bianche, Sculpture

Carla Tolomeo

Lune bianche, 2012
72.8 x 27.6 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$12,647

Jeanne Raingeard, Retour aux abysses, Sculpture

Jeanne Raingeard

Retour aux abysses, 2020
18.1 x 13.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,213

Florence Jarrige, Fragment d'aile, Sculpture

Florence Jarrige

Fragment d'aile, 2020
7.9 x 15.7 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$5,691

Cécile de Kock, Océan Plénitude, Sculpture

Cécile de Kock

Océan Plénitude, 2020
9.4 x 17.3 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,110

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

Play-Her, 2015
18.5 x 7.9 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Claude Torricini, La Gazelle, Sculpture

Claude Torricini

La Gazelle, 2005
13.8 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$5,691

Matthieu Floranc, Ours Polaire en équilibre, Sculpture

Matthieu Floranc

Ours Polaire en équilibre, 2020
15.7 x 12.2 x 7.1 inch
Sculpture

$8,221

Engenio Maffini, The nut, Sculpture

Engenio Maffini

The nut, 1980
23.6 x 27.6 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$17,706

Angella Holguin, Nube Dorada, Sculpture

Angella Holguin

Nube Dorada, 2018
11 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,403

Patrice Kauffmann, Déesse, Sculpture

Patrice Kauffmann

Déesse, 2013
5.1 x 15.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,047

Hyun Ae Kang, Window in Heaven, Sculpture

Hyun Ae Kang

Window in Heaven, 1990
19 x 13 x 8 inch
Sculpture

$22,000

Millan Garayalde, Torsion lll, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

Torsion lll, 2020
16.1 x 14.6 x 11 inch
Sculpture

$3,035

Miguel Guía, Gravity, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Gravity, 2020
17.5 x 9.6 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,417

Johnathan Ball, Trinity (Original), Sculpture

Johnathan Ball

Trinity (Original), 2021
12 x 17 x 17.5 inch
Sculpture

$4,400

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes une énigme, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Nous sommes une énigme, 2020
15.7 x 4.5 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,606

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes la littérature, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Nous sommes la littérature, 2020
15.6 x 4.5 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$1,606

Arman, Violon Pizzaiola, Sculpture

Arman

Violon Pizzaiola, 2004
28 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$13,912

Arman, Venus au violon, Sculpture

Arman

Venus au violon, 1991
28 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$31,618

S2Bart, Hermès s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

Hermès s'envole, 2019
51.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,553

S2Bart, Chanel s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

Chanel s'envole, 2019
51.2 x 11.8 x 11.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,553

Arno Sebban, Sancho pansa, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Sancho pansa, 2019
20.9 x 21.3 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,668

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Mario, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Mario, 2019
17.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,324

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Coming Home, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Coming Home, 2017
3.5 x 1.2 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$228

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Yoshi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Yoshi, 2019
17.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,324

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Luigi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

Art Toy Luigi, 2019
17.7 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,324

Roland Masson, Samotrace, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Samotrace, 2016
29.1 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$2,909

Roland Masson, Cristal, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Cristal, 2018
9.8 x 16.1 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,782

Roland Masson, Elvire, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Elvire, 2018
10.6 x 27.2 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$3,162

Roland Masson, Phale, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Phale, 2017
7.5 x 13.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,138

Roland Masson, De playa, Sculpture

Roland Masson

De playa, 2016
8.3 x 22 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,782

Jean-Marc Mariani, Calista, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Calista, 2020
7.9 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,403

Jean-Marc Mariani, Aslam, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Aslam, 2020
7.9 x 15.7 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,288

David Vaamonde, Free (DV03), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Free (DV03), 2019
15.7 x 13 x 1.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,782

David Vaamonde, Wave (DV06), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Wave (DV06), 2019
15.4 x 4.7 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,265

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