Then. The statue was nearly finished, only the smallest details remained. For nearly a year the workshop had echoed with the sound of mallet and chisel working marble. It began as a rectangular block a bit taller than a man and one-third of that in width and depth. More than 4 tons of fine off-white marble, the kind favored by the best sculptors for their best work. The slight color gave the artist better depth cues in areas of subtle curvature and texture, and it gave a wonderful skin-like tone to the body which is the only part of the statue that would remain unpainted.