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.
The Apuan Alps are seen in the background of a marble dealer warehouse in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS