Art Term

Alabaster

Alabaster is a soft white or translucent stone, it is a fine-grained marble-like variety of gypsum

Sir Jacob Epstein, ‘Jacob and the Angel’ 1940–1
Sir Jacob Epstein
Jacob and the Angel 1940–1
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© The estate of Sir Jacob Epstein

Its softness enables it to be carved readily into elaborate forms making it a popular material for carved sculpture. It is also often used for ornamental stonework, though its solubility in water makes it unsuitable for outdoor work.

Related terms and concepts

Art Term

Sculpture

Three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing

Art Term

Sculpture

Three-dimensional art made by one of four basic processes: carving, modelling, casting, constructing

Art Term

Medium

Medium can refer to both to the type of art (e.g. painting, sculpture, printmaking), as well as the materials ...

Selected artists in the Collection

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Artist
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Maurice Lambert

1901–1964
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Selected artworks in the Collection