Myth and triumph of white marble

We associate the art of classical antiquity with white marble. The word “classical” implies it. “Classical” means harmony of the human body, profound meaning, respectful time distance and grand echo in the unbreakable silence of the museum, doesn’t it? A glimpse of the white tunic in the midst of the colorful Mediterranean crowd or a white marble colonnade or sculpture at the background in some historical movie immediately identifies to us the period. It’s Antiquity! Roman or Creek, we are not sure, until Roman legionnaires show up. It might be Byzantium too, but we do not have particular anchors…