Iconic Examples of Carrara Marble
Carrara marble is quarried from the Carrara region near Tuscany, Italy. High in quality, this white to bluish-gray variety of marble is not only ideal for making marble tiles, but also for building and sculpture.
Carrara marble has been used since Ancient Roman times, and it is featured in some of the world’s most iconic buildings and sculptures…
Some of the world’s most famous architectural structures are constructed from Carrara marble:
- The Basilica of Massa
This cathedral in Massa is dedicated to Saint Peter and Saint Francis of Assisi, and was built in the fifteenth century. It is crafted entirely from Carrara marble.
- The Pantheon
This ancient Roman building dates to approximately 126 AD, and was built on the site of an older building. It is a Roman temple, built in a circular shape and with colonnades. Amongst other stone varieties, including granite, Carrara marble adorns this ancient building.
- Michelangelo’s David
This iconic masterpiece is entirely crafted from white Carrara marble. Created between 1501 and 1504, the statue depicts the Biblical David and stands fourteen feet tall and was originally commissioned for the Florentine Cathedral. Michelangelo was only in his twenties when he completed this most famous sculpture in the world.
- Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the primary place of worship for the United Arab Emirates, and was commissioned by its namesake to unite cultural diversity in the Islamic world with the values of both historical and modern art and architecture. It was completed in 2007; not only a place of worship, it houses a vast library which includes rare publications that date to two centuries ago. As well as marble, its construction used gold, crystals, semi-precious stones and ceramics.
- Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne
This life-sized Carrara marble sculpture was completed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1625, taking three years to finish. It depicts the climax of the story of Daphne in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It was commissioned by Cardinal Borghese, and Bernini himself was not yet aged thirty at its completion. Bernini’s skill with marble outshined all others except for Michelangelo.
- The Peace Monument, Washington DC
Also known as the Naval Monument or the Civil War Sailors’ Monument, this statue stands on the grounds of the Capitol in Washington DC. Forty-four feet high, it is crafted from White Carrara Marble and was erected in 1878 to commemorate Civil War naval deaths at sea. It was sculpted in Rome and shipped to the US in 1876. The base is Maine Blue Granite.
- Harvard Medical School
The buildings of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, were built using White Carrara Marble.
There are many other examples of white Carrara marble in sculpture and architecture worldwide.
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