Marble Wallpaper Patterns

For more than 2000 years, marble has been the material of choice for many of man's greatest sculptures and building accomplishments. The Taj Mahal, the Parthenon and many of today's buildings use marble for interiors and exteriors to express quality, taste and elegance. In ancient times, Greeks used marble to create their most important monuments. For the Greeks, marble resonated strength, durability, elegance and beauty.

Marble is limestone which has been metamorphosed through the action of heat, pressure and time deep beneath the earth's surface. The result is a hard composition of crystals running the colour gamut from nearly pure white to black. Coloured marbles are the result of minerals or small amounts of staining matter. Marble comes polished to a mirror like finish which captures the beauty and brilliance of the natural stone.

APHRODITE OF MELOS (Venus de Milo)    The sculptor is unknown and the date of her carving is estimated to have occurred in the 2nd century BC, but she is one of the most famous ladies in the world. She is the Goddess of Love, and her graceful body symbolizes an ideal of beauty that many long for but none attain. The French named her Venus de Milo.

In 1820 a peasant named Yorgos found her broken body in an underground cavern on the Aegean island of Melos. She, who was destined to become famous, was brought to France. After the marble statue had been presented to King Louis XVIII, his art advisors sought the assistance of French sculptors in supplying the missing arms. They devised arms which held apples, garments, lamps, and arms that held nothing at all but pointed in various directions. Finally, the king decreed that her marvelous beauty should not be marred by any other sculptor. It was a momentous decree which, from that time on, resulted in ancient statues being left as they had been found.

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