Antoine Joseph Bourlard (Belgian, 1826-1899) A group of bullocks with their herders carrying a block of Carrara marble from the quarries of the Apuan Mountains, Tuscany, down to the town of Carrara
Lot 98W
Antoine Joseph Bourlard
(Belgian, 1826-1899)
A group of bullocks with their herders carrying a block of Carrara marble from the quarries of the Apuan Mountains, Tuscany, down to the town of Carrara
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 9,800 - 13,000

Lot Details
Antoine Joseph Bourlard (Belgian, 1826-1899)
A group of bullocks with their herders carrying a block of Carrara marble from the quarries of the Apuan Mountains, Tuscany, down to the town of Carrara
signed and inscribed 'A.Bourlard.Rome' (lower right)
oil on canvas
62 x 141.5cm (24 7/16 x 55 11/16in).

Footnotes

  • Antoine Joseph Bourlard was born in Mons, Belgium, in 1826. He studied at the Academy of Mons from 1836 to 1846. After a brief stay in Paris, he moved to Italy in 1854, where he spent the next sixteen years studying and painting Italian landscapes. He returned to Mons in 1870 and later died there in 1899.

    Carrara marble has been used in architecture and sculpture since the time of Ancient Rome. Mined from the quarries at Carrara, it was favoured by many Renaissance and Baroque sculptors and architects due to its superior quality and beauty. However, mining the marble was physically demanding and often dangerous. Until only a few decades ago, the huge blocks of marble would be hauled onto purpose-built wooden lizzas and then laboriously convoyed down the mountain to the town in order to be shipped across the world. Carrara marble has been used to sculpt many famous landmarks such as London's Marble Arch.
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