"Things to See: Mosaics" Mosaics Tip by goodfish

Mosaics, Pompeii: 4 reviews and 4 photos

  Floor mosaic, House of the Faun, Pompeii
by goodfish

Mosaics were another means of embellishing walls and floors. Tiny cubes (tesserae) of colored stone, ceramic tile, shells, glass or even gems were cemented into patterns ranging from simple geometrics to incredibly detailed pictures of plants, animals, mythological figures, deities and battles. Unlike painted frescos - which fade over time - most mosaic material retains its color so these works of art are as vivid today as they were two thousand years ago! Still, they're very fragile and many of the most intricate compositions have been moved to the National Museum of Naples because of displaced or loosening tesserae and naughty persons prying up pieces for souvenirs.

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  • Updated Nov 21, 2011
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