Art of Stone: Tinos’s Museum of Marble Crafts
Ever wondered how huge hunks of marble are shaped into exquisite works of art? Tinos’s Museum of Marble Crafts reveals all.
More than any other material, it is marble that is most associated with Greek art and architecture, from antiquity until today. And no place has a richer modern marble-crafting tradition than the island of Tinos, located near Mykonos in the northern Cyclades.
Tinos’s rich heritage in marble craftsmanship was recently recognized by UNESCO which in 2015 ‘inscribed’ it it in its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The island has produced some of the greatest modern masters of the craft such as Yannoulis Chalepas (1851-1938). It is also home to the Preparatory and Professional School of Fine Arts that is dedicated to marble working and from where many graduates move on to take their craft to new heights at Greece’s School of Fine Arts.
It is thus fitting that Tinos is home to the Museum of Marble Crafts, dedicated to this rich history of marble production and craftsmanship.
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