In order to fully appreciate the city of marble, its monuments and its impressive quarries that looks into the pure heart of the mountains, a visit to the Marble Museum of Carrarais much needed. Not only it is a collection of sculptures and marble-works spanning two millennia, but it is a real journey through the history, technology and culture related to marble, to its extraction, its processing and transformation into works of art, decorations and much more, some of which artifacts have become the very symbol of the Italian art worldwide.
Created in 1982 on a local initiative, the museum was set in the pavilions of the International Marble and Machinery in Viale XX Settembre so to represent the whole marble industry which for centuries have been the main activity and source of wealth for the entire city of Carrara.
The museum traces the history of sculpture: from the Roman times with artifacts from ancient quarries and from the area of Luni, to the medieval era with its portraits and marble reliefs of the Cathedral of Carrara, up until today, with works of contemporary artists.
The exhibition also shows an interesting collection of marbles from all over the world – the most extensive and important hall of marbles in Italy – in which, thanks to more than 300 sample, visitors can see the colors, shades and grains that make each piece unique, valuable and fascinating.
But perhaps, the most interesting and original part of the museum, is a show about the evolution of the techniques, machines and tools for the marble extraction and processing. From relics found in ancient Roman quarries, to modern tools, always stating that in the end, the history of marble is tale of men of toil and sweat, is a history made of many stories, made of victories and tragedies, made of the whole Carrara community throughout the centuries.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana