Tinian Marble Craftsmanship

The art of extracting and processing marble in Tinos, influenced by Byzantine art, was fully developed during the late Venetian Rule (17th c.). It is about the construction of an object, self-contained or part of a larger construction, made of marble (extraction of raw material, squaring, design, decoration, assembly, installation) and its relevant social and economic aspects (workshops, tools and techniques, machinery, apprenticeship, clientele, products, mentalities).

Its transmission involves empirical apprenticeship and involves unique cultural features. The tradition of Tinian marble craftsmen working both in Greece and abroad led to the artistic prominence of several Greek sculptors.

The element was inscribed on:

– the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2013

– the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO, 2003) in 2015.


Detailed description of the element: Tinian Marble Craftsmanship

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