MagazineAug 4, 2017
In 1517, Michelangelo climbed Mount Altissimo in Tuscany and found the marble of his dreams.
It was, the Renaissance master wrote, "of compact grain, homogeneous, crystalline, reminiscent of sugar". He deemed it perhaps even more precious than that from nearby Carrara, where he had obtained marble for some of his most famous statues.
Statuary marble is seen at the Cervaiole marble quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS