M for Mosaics

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.

The original frieze at the Naples Museum
The spectacular Alexander Mosaic made from nearly a million individual pieces
Tragic Mask Mosaic
Tragic Mask Mosaic (Naples Museum)
Monochrome Mosaic
Monochrome Mosaic from Ostia
Mosaic Moon
Mosaic Moon, Moraga Stairs, San Francisco
Part of the Mosaic Depicting a Map of the Holy Land at Madaba, Jordan
Floor Mosaic at a Byzantine Church at Petra, Jordan

10 Comments Add yours

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks for the Reblog!

  1. Nirmala says:

    What wonderful and painstaking work! Awesome

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      It must have taken them so much time and effort!

  2. Lav says:

    The joy of seeing a mosaic complete is incomparable!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I agree!

  3. I was reminded of Madaba in Jordan :), the Mosaics in the church were very beautiful. Nice post.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thanks Ashu! One of the photos is actually from Madaba, Jordan 🙂

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