Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Istanbul

NB: The Great Palace Mosaic Museum will be closed for two years from 2016 for resoration and refurbishment. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID=91723&NewsCatID=375 Great Palace Mosaic Museum: the facts. For once, I will stick to the facts. Confronted with mosaics of such beauty and intricacy, covering so great an area, made so long ago and …

Mosaic floors of St. Mark’s, Venice

Looking at the floors of St. Mark’s Basilica, Venice. I sometimes come across fierce debates on the internet about whether mosaic making is an art or a craft. Think of Andy Goldsworthy’s works in stone versus Maggy Howarth‘s pebble mosaics. But does it really matter? Drifting around St. Mark’s in Venice recently, captivated …