When you think of mosaics, you might think first of large art pieces like those found in some churches. Big, wall-spanning images tend to get the most attention, making it easy to overlook the supporting players: the mosaic borders that surround or accompany those images. Mosaic borders have unique uses
Following the Roman and Byzantine art periods emerged a new movement, the Islamic Art period. This era represents creation of art in regions where Islamic influence existed, thus calling it Islamic art is not a term that represents a certain religion. History Islamic Art has been arguably a result of
Italy is an amazing touristical attraction thanks to the large variety of things to try and places to see. From the dazzling pristine waters to the lively endless nights in the city – Italy has it all. ”The boot” or Lo Stivale makes a great destination for Adventure seekers, Food lovers, Art Aficionados and much more. However, one aspect of Italy’s tourism that hasn’t been widely renowned is the fact that Lo Stivale hosts some of the world’s most beautiful mosaics.
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Ravenna city is one of the most cultural and artistic cities of Italy. It’s also known as a magnetic midpoint of mosaic art, and the capital of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century and later of Ostrogothic and Byzantine Italy. Visiting the central Italian city of Ravenna, you find yourself wandering amongst the monastic cloisters, exploring the Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic Architecture, and perceive the largest and most spectacular collection of Byzantine mosaics in the world!
Ever since Charlemagne had succeeded to a firm scope in strengthening his empire, he selected Aix-la-Chapelle as a place of residence and called around him artists of all kinds both from the former Western and from the Eastern Roman empires. The artists were engaged in decorating and adorning his fortresses, and it was here that a new style, the Romanesque style, based upon classic architecture, and very strongly influenced by Byzantine mosaic art, which stood then at its utmost splendor!
I recently came back from Italy with a bag of inspiration and splendor in my eyes. Some of which include the antique Romanesque architecture, the Roman triumphal columns, as well as the breathtaking interiors of cathedrals and basilicas. Therefore I thought of today’s article as a brief yet precise pedagogy of the Romanesque Period, catching a glimpse of some of the most interesting mosaics of that time.
Since Byzantine mosaics inspired the proliferation other types of mosaics, it would be a grave sin no to compose a whole article about them. When the Byzantine Empire was still around, mosaics were lavishly used in decorating palaces and churches. Unlike Western Europe back then, mosaics were central to Byzantine culture. Sadly however, the majority of Byzantine mosaics were destroyed or badly damaged due to armed conflicts. Luckily, some still remain and are being preserved.