This is a Maquette for the next piece I intend to carve.
Today I organised the cutting of a large block of Bardiglio marble which I shall use.
Bardiglio is a grey marble and the piece probably came from the Cappella quarry above Seravezza.
In 1518 Michelangelo took his marble for San Lorenzo in Florence from these quarries at Cappella. He was also responsible for building the road down the valley to Seravazza from where it was transported to the coast, shipped to Pisa, then put on barges and floated down the |Arno to Florence.
I recently read his letters and came away with the impression that he was great “whinger” according to him nobody ever did what he wanted and they were all out to cheat and rob him. He complained that the Pietrasantese took his money but didn’t do the work promised. He wrote to the Pope asking to return to Florence as he hated staying in Ruosina, a dark little town at the bottom of the steep valley, where he said it rained all the time and that the wine was foul.
The grey Bardiglio is quite a popular stone among sculptors working in the area, being a nice alternative to the Carrara marbles that are common here.
Jacques Lipchitz used when he was here
And recently Julia Vance a very good Norwegian sculptor, working at Studio Sem in Pietrasanta used it for this piece.
I hope to get started sometime next week.