The curious mosaics of San Giovanni Evangelista, Ravenna.

Ancient mosaics can sometimes get a bit stuck up themselves. There is a propensity for them to become the marble and smalti equivalent of those interbred bantam hen varieties with flamboyant mop heads and fancy moon boot feathering  – they were made to be looked at and marveled over but …

Washington panel mosaic

This panel, which is  more than two metres long, was made in sections on mesh which could then to cut, stacked and easily transported. A description of the process can be found here: http://helenmilesmosaics.org/mosaic-tutorials/larger-mosaics-on-mesh/. The client’s only initial requirement was that it should feature a version of the 3,500 year old …