Marmi Antichi e Pietre Dure

Coloured marbles are inseparable from Roman civilisation. No culture has searched for and loved these coloured marbles as much as the Romans did.
These marbles were certainly not unheard of during the Hellenistic period, to the Chinese, who made extensive use of them or to the Indians throughout the Mughal empire, where we find some beautiful examples in their palaces and monuments. But in Rome, the taste for and awareness of this exquisite stone exploded like fireworks and, certainly no population was ever so widely repaid by nature as the Romans were…

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