In his books on mineralogy in the Natural History the Elder Pliny presents a review of Greek artists and works of art and of Roman art in the form of digressions. Art work in precious metals is discussed in Book 33, while bronze art and painting are included in Books 34 and 35. Amongst other subjects of Book 36 is marble, and here its uses in art and architecture are also discussed. Precious stones are dealt with in Book 37. These sections constitute the sole art historical material from antiquity left to us, all that remains of an extensive literature that dealt with art and art history.