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Feb 20, 2013 11:52 AM

Can anyone help identify this marble?



I have a slightly odd enquiry.  I'm an art historian trying to identify some marbles painted in a fresco of the Last Supper of the mid fifteenth century (by Andrea del Castagno at Sant' Apollonia, Florence) . The images are attached. It's the marble rebates above the apostles' heads.  Of course, they might be in part invented, but I'm fairly sure he was trying to depict serpentine and porphery on the left.  It's the remaining marbles that have me confused, particularly the one which is voilently veined in the centre above the head of Judas.  Any help would be much appreciated.


Scott Nethersole

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    Feb 21, 2013 2:48 PM (in response to Scott Nethersole)
    Re: Can anyone help identify this marble?

    Bearing in mind that my background is in the life sciences and I have zero knowledge of mineralogy, the 3rd panel from the left looks remarkably like an agate we have in our Earth's Treasures gallery:


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    Hopefully someone with mineral knowledge will be along to confirm or give you a better ID (including for the other panels).

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