The earliest version of mosaics that I knew were the “mosaic” floor tiles that we used to have in India. At one point almost every house had their floors covered with these tiles.
Mosaics are beautiful because you can see how every individual piece contributes to the beauty of the big picture. It also speaks volumes about the artist who has to first conceive the project in his mind and then decide which colour stone or glass goes where.
If you love mosaics and you love reading you must read the books “Sailing to Sarantium” and “Lord of Emperors” by Guy Gavriel Kay. The books are set in an alternative 6th century Byzantium (Sarantium) under Justinian and Theodora. The protagonist in the books is a mosaicist called Caius Crispus.
For today here are a few of my favourite mosaic works from across centuries.