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Aug 4, 2017

Carving out Michelangelo’s marble dream

Carving out Michelangelo’s marble dream

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.

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The Cervaiole marble quarry is seen on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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The marble road of the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo is seen in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 14, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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The marble road leading up to the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo is seen in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 14, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Workers known as "Tecchiaioli" examine marble at the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 18, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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An old refuge is seen on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi SEARCH "BIANCHI MARBLE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Statuary marble is seen at the Cervaiole marble quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A refuge is seen at the Cervaiole marble quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A bulldozer transports a marble stone at the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A worker, known as a "Tecchiaiolo", examines marble at the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 18, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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Machinery carves marble at the Henraux Company in Querceta, Tuscany, Italy, July 14, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A worker cleans a marble sculpture at the Henraux factory in Querceta, Tuscany, Italy, July 14, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A worker measures a marble stone at the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo, Tuscany, Italy, July 14, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A sign reading "Colonnata village and marble quarry at 2 km" is seen in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 14, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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

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An abandoned old truck carrying marble stones is seen at the side of a road in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy, July 15, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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The Cervaiole marble quarry on Monte Altissimo is seen from a park in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 18, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A view of a marble quarry and the coast of Versilia from the Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 18, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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A worker, known as a "Tecchiaiolo", examines marble at the Cervaiole quarry on Monte Altissimo in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy, July 18, 2017. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

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