Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. The earliest known examples of mosaics made of different materials were found at a temple building in Ubaid, Mesopotamia, and are dated to the second half of 3nd millennium BCE. They consist of pieces of colored stones, shells and ivory. Excavations... [continue reading]
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Smarthistory, Art History at Khan Academy
published on 04 April 2014
More free lessons at: http://www.khanacademy.org/video?v=51UA1T89MzU Alexander Mosaic, c.100 B.C.E., copy (Pompeii) of a lost Greek painting, c. 315 B.C.E., Archaeological Museum, Naples Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker
Jan van der Crabben
published on 02 August 2011
Excavations underneath downtown Rome have revealed a mosaic depicting Apollo and the Muses from the times of Trajan. It has been hailed as an "exceptional archaeological discovery" by Umberto Broccoli, superintendent for the city's cultural heritage. See an image gallery with descriptions on the Discovery News website.
The Aztec mosaic-handled knife currently in the British Museum, London dates to between 1400 and 1521 CE and is thought to have been used in religious ceremonies. Made from wood and flint the knife handle represents an Aztec warrior but the blade revealed no traces of blood under testing and so was probably not used to sacrifice victims, a common Aztec religious... [continue reading]
published on 26 April 2012
3rd Century mosaic of Bikini Girls at the Villa Romana at Piazza Armerina in Sicily.
A detail showing the tiger from the Dionysos Mosaic emblemata which depicts the god riding the animal. From the House of Dionysos, Delos. (Hellenistic Period).
A detail of a mosaic flooring from a Roman Villa, Corinth, circa 2nd century BCE (Corinth Archaeological Museum)
Part of the floor mosaic from the House of the Trident, Delos. It is a motif commonly seen in mosaics at Delos. 3rd-2nd century BCE.
Mosaic pavement depicting two naked gladiators fighting. It was found in Reims (France) in 1890 and dates from the 2nd century CE. (Musée Saint-Rémi, Reims)
Hellenistic mosaic floor panel depicting an Alexandrine parakeet from Pergamon (modern Turkey), 2nd century BCE (Pergamon Museum).