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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.
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