The Mosaics of Rhodes, Greece.

The Mosaics of Rhodes, Greece (or How Mosaics Should be Seen) The conversation went a bit like this: D: There are some really good off-season deals on flights to the islands. Shall we go? Me: Yes! D: Santorini or Rhodes? Me: (Inner musing: Santorini = the whole Greek thing. White …

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 …

Little mosaic birds from ancient sites

Irresistible mosaic birds I cant resist little mosaic birds from ancient sites. They keep popping up all over the place, looking a bit goofy, prone to gangliness,  unsure of themselves, and often with a neglected, somewhat forlorn air which only adds to their charms. Take this fellow below. You walk into the …

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 …