Marble

Already used during ancient Greece to copy the bronze works, marble is one of the noble materials of sculpture. There are numerous marble deposits in Europe, as in Italy, where Carrara marble, known for its whiteness and grain, comes from. There are also the deposits of Paros or the Sea of ​​Marmara, present Turkey. In the Middle Ages stone (as limestone) was used, but also wood for the realization of religious sculptures or for profane orders. In the Renaissance, marble became the most noble material for the sculptor's work, as for Michelangelo Buonarroti, who realized his Pieta around 1498, now on display in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The profane sculpture using marble increases from the sixteenth century. But one of the main sponsors at that time was the royal power, which appealed to many artists for the realization of royal portraits in the image of Bernini for Louis XIV. Puget is also one of the many artists who made sculptures for the gardens of Versailles of the Sun King. The white marble is the ideal support for any realization until the XIXth century, where the bronze takes back importance. Today, having a marble sculpture remains a synonym for artistic luxury.