Roman Mosaics

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  • 1. Roman Mosaics Denyce Alvarez May 24, 2010 Block—A3 PAP Latin 2
  • 2. Influences of Roman Mosaics
    • Influenced by southern Italy in Greece.
    • Greeks took mosaics from the Orient in 8 th BC.
  • 3. Roman Mosaics
    • Colorful, beautiful, very detailed.
    • Found in place of worships—Temples, government offices, and homes.
    • Shows rulers, gods, and daily life in Rome.
  • 4. Excavated Mosaics
    • Even if the whole house has been ruined, the floors will mostly be in tact.
    • Mosaics are most commonly found on Roman house floors.
  • 5. First Mosaic Materials
    • The first mosaics materials were made from colored pebbles.
  • 6. Materials
    • Glass and ceramics were the commonly used materials
      • They can easily be manipulated to the artists needs
    • Materials were recycled when marble’s price grew and when Rome lost power, it became difficult for them to acquire these materials.
  • 7. Exotic Materials
    • Romans also used
      • Pearls
      • Silver
      • Gold
    • Produce spectacular and lavish mosaics.
  • 8. Roman Mosaics--Pieces
    • The small pieces used are called tessellae or tesserae.
    • Pieces will range from different forms and sizes.
  • 9. Ciottoli technique
    • The earliest form of technique used.
    • Around the 4 th BC.
    • Used small colored rocks
      • Of different colors
      • To show shading and depth
  • 10. 1 st century BC
    • Romans started to cut small squares of ceramic to make tiled mosaics.
    • Can be as small as 1mm.
    • Tiles cut by a special hammer and a sharp metal that is positioned into a block of wood
  • 11.
    • Roman mosaics influenced mosaics that we have now