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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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Salvador Dali, Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix, Sculpture

Salvador Dali

Christ de Saint-Jean de la Croix, 1974
60 x 26 x 18 cm
Sculpture

$27,099

Lee Berthille, Le roi, Sculpture

Lee Berthille

Le roi, 2016
73 x 122 x 50 cm
Sculpture

$11,542

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, So tells water I, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

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

$2,747

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

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

$3,136

Cécile de Kock, La mère et l'enfant, Sculpture

Cécile de Kock

La mère et l'enfant, 2017
154 x 14 x 14 cm
Sculpture

$10,037

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Unicorn, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$7,527

Roland Masson, Rencontre, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Rencontre, 2018
71 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$3,638

Etienne, L'Oiseau dans la main, Sculpture

Etienne

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

$31,364

Lutfi Romhein, Ailée, Sculpture

Lutfi Romhein

Ailée, 2019
58 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,764

Jean-Marc Mariani, Bayaka, Sculpture

Jean-Marc Mariani

Bayaka, 2016
30 x 30 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$3,914

David Vaamonde, Ensemble (DV11), Sculpture

David Vaamonde

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

$1,380

Our recommendations Andreas Fogarasi, Study 24, Sculpture

Andreas Fogarasi

Study 24, 2018
30 x 40 x 2 cm
Sculpture

$5,018

Patricia Guinois Messica, Olwass, Sculpture

Patricia Guinois Messica

Olwass, 2018
26 x 33 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$6,273

Lucas Mancione, Oreille 1a, Sculpture

Lucas Mancione

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

$10,037

Claude Bertrand, Automne hiver, Sculpture

Claude Bertrand

Automne hiver, 2019
60 x 10 x 9 cm
Sculpture

$2,885

André Saraiva, Cube, Sculpture

André Saraiva

Cube, 2018
7 x 7 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$941

Remed, L’Être ailé, noir, Sculpture

Remed

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

$1,493

Laura Soprani, Attrazione fatale, Sculpture

Laura Soprani

Attrazione fatale, 2016
218.4 x 88.9 x 90 cm
Sculpture

$18,000

Ryszard Piotrowski, Nude, Sculpture

Ryszard Piotrowski

Nude, 2018
12.5 x 29 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$4,642

Hayk Mnatsakanyan, Symphony of Love, Sculpture

Hayk Mnatsakanyan

Symphony of Love, 2014
35 x 13 x 7 cm
Sculpture

$5,018

Veronika Bianchi, A Play, Sculpture

Veronika Bianchi

A Play, 2016
40 x 45 x 40 cm
Sculpture

$5,646

Millan Garayalde, La Tour de Babel, Sculpture

Millan Garayalde

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

$1,882

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

Gabriele Dal Dosso

Cubo di gabo – M³.M.Black_R1, 2020
60 x 60 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$9,660

Mireille Bassier-Tilmont, Shen, Sculpture

Mireille Bassier-Tilmont

Shen, 2018
35 x 24 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$2,346

Mindaugas Juncys, Saint, Sculpture

Mindaugas Juncys

Saint, 2020
64 x 40 x 17 cm
Sculpture

$9,535

Mourad Zarai, Tête cheval, Sculpture

Mourad Zarai

Tête cheval, 2016
74 x 43 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$3,136

Emmanuele De Ruvo, Dear Kengiro, Sculpture

Emmanuele De Ruvo

Dear Kengiro, 2018
35 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$8,155

Valeria Vaccaro, Marmiferi bleu, Sculpture

Valeria Vaccaro

Marmiferi bleu, 2021
65 x 6 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,756

Carla Tolomeo, Lune bianche, Sculpture

Carla Tolomeo

Lune bianche, 2012
185 x 70 x 29 cm
Sculpture

$12,546

guglielmo PUGI, Pugi, Sculpture

guglielmo PUGI

Pugi, 1900
53 x 33 x 5 cm
Sculpture

$3,011

Jeanne Raingeard, Retour aux abysses, Sculpture

Jeanne Raingeard

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

$2,195

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

$5,646

Claude Torricini, La Gazelle, Sculpture

Claude Torricini

La Gazelle, 2005
35 x 19 x 19 cm
Sculpture

$5,646

Matthieu Floranc, Ours Polaire en équilibre, Sculpture

Matthieu Floranc

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

$8,155

Engenio Maffini, The nut, Sculpture

Engenio Maffini

The nut, 1980
60 x 70 x 35 cm
Sculpture

$17,564

Angella Holguin, Nube Dorada, Sculpture

Angella Holguin

Nube Dorada, 2018
28 x 22 x 22 cm
Sculpture

$2,384

Patrice Kauffmann, Déesse, Sculpture

Patrice Kauffmann

Déesse, 2013
13 x 39 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$4,015

Miguel Guía, Gravity, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

Gravity, 2020
44.5 x 24.5 x 27 cm
Sculpture

$1,117

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes une énigme, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,593

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

$2,760

Miguel Guía, Nous sommes la littérature, Sculpture

Miguel Guía

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

$1,593

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, So tells water II, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

So tells water II, 2020
40 x 26 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$2,885

Sylviane Selma Courgeau, Le yack blanc, Sculpture

Sylviane Selma Courgeau

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

$3,174

Jesus Curia, Violeta, Sculpture

Jesus Curia

Violeta, 2019
25 x 27 x 33 cm
Sculpture

$8,531

Jesus Curia, Mujer Sentada, Sculpture

Jesus Curia

Mujer Sentada, 2019
85 x 41 x 34 cm
Sculpture

$33,873

Arman, Violon Pizzaiola, Sculpture

Arman

Violon Pizzaiola, 2004
71 x 25 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$13,800

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

Play-Her, 2016
44 x 40 x 10 cm
Sculpture

$3,764

Byung Kyu Kim, Play-Wind Her, Sculpture

Byung Kyu Kim

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

$4,391

Arman, Venus au violon, Sculpture

Arman

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

$31,364

S2Bart, Hermès s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,516

S2Bart, Chanel s'envole, Sculpture

S2Bart

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

$4,516

Kazuhiko Tanaka, Coming Home, Sculpture

Kazuhiko Tanaka

Coming Home, 2017
9 x 3 x 3 cm
Sculpture

$226

Arno Sebban, Sancho pansa, Sculpture

Arno Sebban

Sancho pansa, 2019
53 x 54 x 25 cm
Sculpture

$3,638

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Mario, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,273

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Yoshi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,273

Alexandre de Poplavsky, Art Toy Luigi, Sculpture

Alexandre de Poplavsky

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

$6,273

Roland Masson, Cristal, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Cristal, 2018
25 x 41 x 12 cm
Sculpture

$2,760

Roland Masson, Jumelle I, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Jumelle I, 2018
64 x 23 x 16 cm
Sculpture

$2,885

Roland Masson, Elvira, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Elvira, 2018
20 x 65 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$2,384

Roland Masson, Malo, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Malo, 2018
17 x 57 x 8.5 cm
Sculpture

$2,384

Roland Masson, Elvire, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Elvire, 2018
27 x 69 x 11 cm
Sculpture

$3,136

Roland Masson, Phale, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Phale, 2017
19 x 34 x 6 cm
Sculpture

$1,129

Roland Masson, Samotrace, Sculpture

Roland Masson

Samotrace, 2016
74 x 15 x 13 cm
Sculpture

$2,885

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