The Mosaic tradition stretches from Babylon and Assyria through to the present day. Earliest examples were often worked in pebbles, but later works favour tiny elements (tesserae) of stone, glass, ceramic, precious minerals and metal.
From the 4th Century BC, mosaics were used throughout the ancient world to decorate domestic walls and floors. As the art flourished through into the Christian era, a dazzling variety of different techniques, from Cosmati and Opus Sectile to Pietre Dure, began to develop under the wealthy patronage of Rome and the Eastern Orthodox Church.
De Ferranti offers access both to the rarified world of traditional mosaic studios and to contemporary craftsmen who have brought this ancient art firmly into the modern day.
Ancient stones are imbued with the patina of history. Gracefully worn by the passage of countless years, they give instant antiquity. more..
Glass was used in mosaics as early as 2500 BC, but it took until the 3rd Century BC before innovative artisans in Greece, Persia and India created glass tiles. more..
Metal mosaics reflect light and colour and when textured create a even more interesting effect more..
This highly specialist form of mosaic uses minute components to craft complex and highly detailed images. Its delicate technique is closely related to marquetry. more..
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