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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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Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Middle Cactus with Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Middle Cactus with Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
12.2 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$777

Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier, 2011
7.9 x 18.9 x 18.9 inch
Sculpture

$11,928

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

Anany

Les Pépites - Bijoux d’intérieur/23 R, 2021
3.1 x 3 x 0.1 inch
Sculpture

$181

Domenico Ludovico, Memory 1, Sculpture

Domenico Ludovico

Memory 1, 2017
16.9 x 5.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$6,227

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Yoshi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,024

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
25.6 x 2.4 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,687

David Sprakes, Broken Corner, Fence Series, Sculpture

David Sprakes

Broken Corner, Fence Series, 2021
15.4 x 8.7 x 13.4 inch
Sculpture

$1,200

Jean-Marc Mariani, Calista, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Calista, 2020
7.9 x 11.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,289

Veronika Bianchi, A Play, Sculpture

Veronika Bianchi

A Play, 2016
15.7 x 17.7 x 15.7 inch
Sculpture

$5,422

Anne Rabion, Petit Ours, Sculpture

Anne Rabion

Petit Ours, 2019
6.7 x 9.8 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$1,024

Ryszard Piotrowski, Nude, Sculpture

Ryszard Piotrowski

Nude, 2018
4.9 x 11.4 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,458

Patricia Guinois Messica, Extase, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Extase, 2018
14.6 x 7.9 x 2.8 inch
Sculpture

$4,217

Our recommendations Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
22.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,615

Claude Bertrand, Automne hiver, Sculpture

Claude Bertrand

Automne hiver, 2019
23.6 x 3.9 x 3.5 inch
Sculpture

$2,771

guglielmo PUGI, Pugi, Sculpture

guglielmo PUGI

Pugi, 1900
20.9 x 13 x 2 inch
Sculpture

$2,651

Remed, L’Être ailé, noir, Sculpture

Remed

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

$1,434

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

Lee Berthille

Mon Cartier Blue and black panthers number 1, 2021
17.7 x 55.1 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$3,735

David Vaamonde, Ensemble (DV11), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

Ensemble (DV11), 2019
16.5 x 5.5 x 5.5 inch
Sculpture

$1,325

Our recommendations Pablo Atchugarry, Untitled, Sculpture

Pablo Atchugarry

Untitled, 2014
35.04 x 13.39 x 20 inch
Sculpture

$140,000

Our recommendations Cesare Callegari, Antigone, Sculpture

Cesare Callegari

Antigone, 2021
8.7 x 5.9 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$1,205

Joachim Monvoisin, Boomerang, Sculpture

Joachim Monvoisin

Boomerang, 2013
7.9 x 13.8 x 0.8 inch
Sculpture

$1,205

Léo  Caillard, Venus Sine, Sculpture

Léo Caillard

Venus Sine, 2020
25.6 x 27.2 x 10.2 inch
Sculpture

$16,868

Mindaugas Juncys, Shatter, Sculpture

Mindaugas Juncys

Shatter, 2011
18.1 x 9.1 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$2,410

Emmanuele De Ruvo, Obligate Mutualism, Sculpture

Emmanuele De Ruvo

Obligate Mutualism, 2018
37.4 x 25.6 x 4.7 inch
Sculpture

$9,036

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, Le yack blanc, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

Le yack blanc, 2014
13.8 x 9.8 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,048

Sylvia Brotons, Yoko, Sculpture

Sylvia Brotons

Yoko, 2019
11.8 x 7.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$1,422

Johnathan Ball, All Seeing (Original), Sculpture

Johnathan Ball

All Seeing (Original), 2019
12 x 6 x 6 inch
Sculpture

$5,100

Nerijus Erminas, Living room, Sculpture

Nerijus Erminas

Living room, 2016
68.9 x 35.4 x 31.5 inch
Sculpture

$8,434

India Leire, Parasite #1, Sculpture

India Leire

Parasite #1, 2014
36.2 x 10.6 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,145

Jan Kees Lantermans, Mating tango, Sculpture

Jan Kees Lantermans

Mating tango, 2009
23.6 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch
Sculpture

$2,711 $3,012

Angella Holguin, Nube Dorada, Sculpture

Angella Holguin

Nube Dorada, 2018
11 x 8.7 x 8.7 inch
Sculpture

$2,289

Jeanne Raingeard, Retour aux abysses, Sculpture

Jeanne Raingeard

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

$2,108

Loic Maillard, Miss spider, Sculpture

Loic Maillard

Miss spider, 2019
31.5 x 9.1 x 9.1 inch
Sculpture

$3,856

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Wind Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

Play-Wind Her, 2016
23.6 x 15.7 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,217

Matthieu Floranc, Ours Polaire en équilibre, Sculpture

Matthieu Floranc

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

$7,832

Alexandra Cool, Sans Titre / Untitled, Sculpture

Alexandra Cool

Sans Titre / Untitled, 2012
20.5 x 25.6 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,217

Frank E Hollywood, Past, Present, Future, Sculpture

Frank E Hollywood

Past, Present, Future, 2020
11.8 x 9.8 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,615

Cécile de Kock, Océan Plénitude, Sculpture

Cécile de Kock

Océan Plénitude, 2020
9.4 x 17.3 x 9.8 inch
Sculpture

$3,916

Engenio Maffini, The nut, Sculpture

Engenio Maffini

The nut, 1980
23.6 x 27.6 x 13.8 inch
Sculpture

$16,868

Claude Torricini, La Gazelle, Sculpture

Claude Torricini

La Gazelle, 2005
13.8 x 7.5 x 7.5 inch
Sculpture

$5,422

Carla Tolomeo, Lune bianche, Sculpture

Carla Tolomeo

Lune bianche, 2012
72.8 x 27.6 x 11.4 inch
Sculpture

$12,049

Patrice Kauffmann, Déesse, Sculpture

Patrice Kauffmann

Déesse, 2013
5.1 x 15.4 x 3.9 inch
Sculpture

$3,856

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

Mauro Perucchetti

Born with a silver spoon 1/8, 2012
29.5 x 32.3 x 32.3 inch
Sculpture

$116,149

Dominique Regnier, Elsa de Carrare, Sculpture

Dominique Regnier

Elsa de Carrare, 2018
20.5 x 11.4 x 6.3 inch
Sculpture

$4,699

Aya Toshikawa, Yumi2, series of 5 lovedolls, Sculpture

Aya Toshikawa

Yumi2, series of 5 lovedolls, 2015
51.2 x 21.7 x 21.7 inch
Sculpture

$36,146

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

Marie-Josèphe Bourron

1979 Sein de marbre rose Pink marble breast, 1979
11.8 x 9.1 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$11,446

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Middle Cactus with Silver, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Middle Cactus with Silver, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
12.2 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$777

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Middle Cactus with Marbled, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Middle Cactus with Marbled, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
12.2 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$777

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Middle Cactus with Rose Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Middle Cactus with Rose Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
12.2 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$777

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Middle Cactus with White, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Middle Cactus with White, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
12.2 x 5.9 x 5.1 inch
Sculpture

$777

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Big Cactus with White, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Big Cactus with White, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
13 x 7.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$918

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Big Cactus with Rose Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Big Cactus with Rose Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
13 x 7.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$918

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Big Cactus with Marbled, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Big Cactus with Marbled, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
13 x 7.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$918

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Big Cactus with Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Big Cactus with Gold, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
13 x 7.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$918

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone), Big Cactus with Silver, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, Sculpture

Iryna Antoniuk (Tone)

Big Cactus with Silver, Steel Minimalistic Abstract Sculpture, 2021
13 x 7.5 x 6.7 inch
Sculpture

$918

Miguel Guía, Gravity, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Gravity, 2020
17.5 x 9.6 x 10.6 inch
Sculpture

$1,349

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes la littérature, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,530

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes une énigme, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,530

S2Bart, Hermès s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,337

S2Bart, Chanel s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,337

Philippe Pasqua, Cendrier Vanité, Sculpture

Philippe Pasqua

Cendrier Vanité, 2010
7.9 x 19.7 x 19.7 inch
Sculpture

$22,290

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Mario, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,024

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Luigi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,024

Roland Masson, Elvira, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Elvira, 2018
7.9 x 25.6 x 4.3 inch
Sculpture

$2,289

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