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.
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.
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.
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.