Mosaic patterns and the ancient mosaics of Tunisia.

Mosaic patterns: how it all began My aged mother is a prolific and brilliant knitter who writes an almost daily knitting blog with a devoted following.  At some point she must have been thinning out her knitting books because I ended up with several by the renowned knitting designer (and …

The white myth? Skin colour in ancient mosaics

Skin colour in ancient mosaics and why it matters This post is a response to an October 2018 New Yorker article, The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture, written by Margaret Talbot, which discusses the use of colour on ancient Roman and Greek statues. The article argues that academics have …

The untold story of the ancient world’s lost mosaics

Through neglect, theft, natural disaster, acquisition, iconoclasm, lack of resources or simple ignorance many of the ancient world’s mosaics are gone. This is the story of those lost mosaics. Lost Mosaics _ fragments in the grass   The ancient city of Jerash, an hour’s drive from Jordan’s capital, is an …

Mosaics in Chicago. Part II_Mosaics at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The contemporary and ancient mosaics in Chicago are varied, brilliant and inspiring. Ranging from Roman and Byzantine mosaics at the Art Institute of Chicago to public art by Marc Chagall and Jim Bachor’s iconic pot holes, it’s the place to go if you love the art form. Mosaics in Chicago …

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 …