Religious Mosaic Jesus
21 Nov 2016

A Journey through Byzantine Mosaic Art

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.

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Mosaic-contemporary-art-vision
26 Oct 2016

Marble Mosaics: Renaissance of the Western World

Recent statistics assert that perhaps the last of all the varied creations of the numerous ranges of mosaic art to reach the appreciation of Western public are marble mosaics. Little interest, compared with that flooded on stained glass mosaics, has been given to marble either in European or American art shows, except for Ancient Roman mosaics.

So Far as the West is concerned it is also possible to describe this lack by analyzing the main circumstances under which the familiarity with the art form was created. In modern times most Westerners gave value to the ancient art form, and yet forgot to examine the contemporary movement which has been dramatically evolving over the centuries.

Nevertheless, this art form is now experiencing a major revival in the Western World. Amid strong stimulation and miscellaneous prices, mosaics are increasingly attracting the attention of art collectors worldwide.

Today’s article covers an orderly knowledge towards the creation and the energy about mosaic craftsmanship from the Western point of view and the growth of interest.

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Moroccan-encaustic-tiles-art
04 Oct 2016

Encaustic Tiles: Finding Renewed Popularity

Encaustic Tiles are not so much a trend as an “Embracing Change in the Home Decor Industry.” In other words, it’s an up-to-the-minute style that comes in and out of fashion largely in response to home decorating trends. During the Gothic Revival era, for example, craftsmen made a great effort to revolutionize encaustic tiles and make them available to the general public again. However, in 1935, after reaching a supreme development, the medium had fallen out or otherwise endangered.

Today’s article is a short brief stop at Encaustic Tile and a reminder of how such media fall in and out of vogue.

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jerusalem-olive-tree
15 Sep 2016

Art and The Ancient Secrets of the Tree of Life

With deep and sacred meanings, the “Tree Of Life” became a spiritual icon in many of the world’s cultures and religions. The tree was associated with both negative and positive or duality, even in Christianity. It first appeared in the book of Genesis, as being planted with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Many cultures observe the verve and fate of trees, and the seasonal death and revival of their foliage, as spiritual motifs of rebirth, renewal, and death. As it mediates between Eden and earth, with roots that lever deep into the soil and twigs that embrace the heaven. It’s a celestial symbol of the soul’s journey through the third density world of spiritual and mundane aspects.

This article traces its meaning back to the ancient times, taking a closer look at the “Tree of Life” symbol, and delve into its origins and history to uncover a deeper esoteric significance.

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mosaic-art-map
07 Sep 2016

Mosaic Art Story: New World Cartography

Maps have been used as a way to analyze the geographic nature of chronicles for over a century now.

Terra Incognita and maps are still employed by young scholars and literature students to better estimate the narrative course of geography, and how it could influence the narrative to a meticulous layout or landscape. These maps have been mostly influenced by passionate bookworms, thrilled to follow in the steps of their favorite book-Idols and Superhero-film characters. Travel and tourism agencies have also played a great part in exploiting the cities of blockbuster and bestseller movies and novels. Maps have not only been used to interpret and geo-locate storyline but to manipulate them as well.

The narrative power of maps has been sanctioned widely by authors and filmmakers. Nonetheless, nowadays we witness the narrative power of maps endorsed creatively in many contemporary mosaic artworks. Although, the mosaic Map of Madaba was discovered in 1896 and became instantly renowned as an exceptional mosaic map, but the contemporary mosaics of our time are far beyond a two-dimensional catalog of locations.

Today’s article is another short brief stop at the breathtaking Contemporary Mosaic Maps of Rachel Sager, and how to visualize the new world cartography.

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mosaic-art-patras-greece
31 Aug 2016

Archaeological Museum of Patras: Mosaic Art Muse

When most sightseers think of exploring Greece, Athens and Santorini are the first sites that come to mind. While both are equally sublime, I think a journey through the art and history of Patras is far better.

Due to its distant location, the museum of Patras is not as popular with travelers and art historians as other museums in Athens. I recently road-tripped around the northern Peloponnese, to explore one of the regional capital of Western Greece: Patras. This beautiful city is full of archaeological sites and huge Roman Theaters and not to forget the lust and wonder of the Roman Mosaics in its Museum. Breathtaking to walk around at your own tempo, you’ll be stopping around each mosaic mural for one incredible human fascination to make history come alive again.

Today’s article is a short brief stop at the breathtaking Archaeological Museum Of Patras, maintaining a sense of curiosity and empathy, so you’d still want to go and explore it yourself!

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