Carrara marble

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Carrara quarry
MFA# 12.244


Roman urn
MFA# 1972.15

A famous, fine-grain, white Marble quarried in the Carrara district of the Apuan Alps in Italy since the 2nd century BCE. Carrara marble has a compact, crystalline grain that gives it a translucent, sugary appearance. Its colors range from pure white to a pale creamy color. Michelangelo carved many of his sculptures from this marble since it was a local stone.

Roman bust
MFA# 1991.534

Synonyms and Related Terms

lunense (Lat.); luniense (Lat.); luna marble; Italian statuary; Bianco P; Blanco P; marbre de Carrare (Fr.); mármol de Carrara (Esp.); mármore de Carrara (Port.); Carrara Marmor (Deut.)

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Resources and Citations

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Luciana and Tiziano Mannoni, Marble: the history of a culture, Facts on File Publications Comment: 2nd century BC
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • John Herrmann, MFA, Contributed information.
  • Janet Burnett Grossman, Looking at Greek and Roman Sculpture in Stone, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2003
  • Joel Leivick, Carrara. The Marble Quarries of Tuscany, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 1999 Comment: First quarried by Romans in 155 BC
  • R. Mayer, The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Viking Press, New York, 1981
  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 499
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)

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