The traces of the sculpture are lost in the mists of time
The traces of the sculpture are lost in the mists of time, and its history is linked to the matter that depends on the place and time in which it was operated.Bronze, will be added, the materials that have been used the most are stone and wood, although in some places such as Africa, Greece, China and Rome.
The use of the two materials will be very similar to France, while the Mediterranean areas, where it was easy to find sandstones, porphyry, marble and granite, favored the stone material. The earliest examples of craftsmanship can be seen in the silica stone carved as furniture, it is certain that the evolution of the technique of sculpture has been very slow and many procedures were extremely tiring. For example, for polishing, finishing and polishing, sand was rubbed with force on the edges of the product.
Later copper and bronze tools were invented and later iron. Only then could the stone be better worked. This happened about 6,000 years ago at the dawn of the Egyptian and Babylonian civilization. In today’s Europe, the Greeks were the guardians of this and the Romans and Italians. It was therefore in the Mediterranean that the concept of carving of the stone was developed as the maximum aspiration of sculpture. Later this concept was transmitted throughout Europe until it is still valid today.
The profession of sculptor required a long apprenticeship it will be for a long time from its manual skills and mechanicality so much that it is not considered an art until the advent of Michelangelo. When he was still a young man, Michelangelo told his father that he wanted to be a sculptor, he was displeased and replied firmly that he would not allow his son to become a stonemason. Fortunately, thanks to the intercession of Lorenzo the Magnificent, the story will be different. This anecdote, however, makes us understand the difference between an architect, a mason or a sculptor. The term sculptor in the sense of an artistup to the Middle Ages the Latin term artifex and the term operarius (which means worker), were used indiscriminately.