R for Roman Mosaics

The Romans were master mosaicists. Apart from wall painting mosaics were one of the most common decorations in Roman buildings. The most spectacular mosaic ever to have been made was the Alexander mosaic found at the House of the Faun at Pompeii. It is said to contain nearly a million pieces of tesserae (small glass pieces). The original now hangs at the museum in Naples.

The original frieze at the Naples Museum
The original frieze at the Naples Museum
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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    Wow, sone of those are quite scary! And others are beautiful.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      They are so varied- I am fascinated by the mosaics!

  2. Lav says:

    breathtaking!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks- they are amazing!

  3. Nirmala says:

    So exquisite!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      🙂

  4. Alex Hurst says:

    I love the mosaics. They really knew how to get expression into their tile! lovely. 🙂

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I agree- I love mosaics!

  5. Apar says:

    Wow!! What mosaics!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      They are spectacular, aren’t they?

      1. Apar says:

        Indeed they are!!

  6. Jade Sutton says:

    Ok, my next trip is going to have to be Italy! Your photos are beautiful!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks so much for visiting. Yes Italy is great for Roman mosaics but I realised there are some great mosaics in Germany, Turkey and Jordan.

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