26 Sep 2018

Calçada Portuguesa – An Outdoor Inspiration

How much does an urban environment affect our daily mood? All of those living in the cities would agree – quite a lot. And if we also agree that a city that is carefully planned, built and embellished influences people in a better way than a chaotic concrete beast, we
15 Aug 2018

Painting in Stone – Beautiful Examples of Opus Sectile

The art of mosaic is usually understood as the art of small cubes – tesserae, arranged in a particular way. However, mosaic is a much broader term, a method that encompasses several techniques, all of them ancient and specific. One of the mosaic techniques that give the most intriguing results
21 Jun 2018

Ancient Mosaics And The Animal Kingdom

Since the beginning of art, animals were one of the favorite subjects. We know that the oldest representations of beasts were created about 38 millennia BC, but the fascination humans have had with fauna never waned. Civilizational development brought progress to the world of art, and representations of the animal
13 Jun 2018

The Lod Mosaic: A Third Century Roman Floor Mosaic

The Lod Mosaic is a late third century-early fourth century Roman floor mosaic that was discovered accidentally during 1996 highway construction near a central city square in Lod, Palestine (nowadays Israel). The mosaic seems to have been made and embedded within a large Roman villa from the Byzantine era. Historians
01 Jun 2018

One of the Oldest Maps of the Holy Land: The Madaba Mosaic Map

The Madaba Map is a mosaic map that was originally integrated with the floor of a 6th century Byzantine church in Madaba, Jordan built at the height of the Eastern Roman Empire. The map discovered in the 1880s and was subsequently re-incorporated into the Greek Orthodox church of St. George,
18 Apr 2018

A brief history of Ancient Greek mosaics

The history of mosaics is elaborate and winding, extending over a vast passage of time and geography. From the advent of the art form, to what we know now as mosaic design, Ancient Greek mosaics are as important today as they were thousands of years ago. Greek Mosaics, which can