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.
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.)
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)