Mosaics and More

No discussion about art in Ancient Rome can be complete without looking into mosaics. The Romans did not invent the art of mosaics but having found what they did- they took the art form to a complete new level. The most glorious example being the Alexander (floor) Mosaic discovered in the House of the Faun at Pompeii.

Featured here is a much simpler monochrome mosaic in the style of mosaics found at Ostia. Photographed at the Vatican Museum.

Monochrome Mosaic

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Judy says:

    The art originated in Greece???

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      The first traces of mosaic art were actually thought to have originated in Mesopotamia. Dated to about 4th Century BC

      1. Judy says:

        They are all so beautiful. I have a mosaic artist from Greece in my book bring his art to Pompeii .

      2. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        Have you read the Sarantine Mosaic series of books by Guy Gavriel Kay. Deals with a later time period (reign of Justinian) but the protagonist is a mosaicist.

  2. Lav says:

    Mosaics always remind me of sailing into sarantium… 🙂

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Indeed – of nothing else in fact!

  3. Nirmala says:

    Very Interesting! Fascinating to look at it.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yes, the amount of work and planning that needs to go in is truly fascinating!

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