Week 14 Mosaic Model : Lugdunum 05

The 5th medallion of the great Lugdunum mosaic

The mosaic model of this week 14  (April 2 to April 8) is my drawing of the 5th medallion of the great geometric mosaic at Lugdunum.

The great geometric mosaic.

The great Lugdunum mosaic hosted in Gallo-Roman museum at the top of the Fourviere Hill above the old town of Lyon.

Lugdunum Museum

I took pictures of all those individual squares (there are 36 of them) last October and started reproducing their designs to create models for possible mosaics. I intend to publish one model a week this year, some will be geometric models, a lot of them inspired by this great Lugdunum mosaic. Others will be more figurative, like the one I published on Week 10, inspired by a 6th century mosaic of a Gazelle from Qasr Lybya

Little by little I am building a catalog of drawings. I believe antic mosaicists and painters had models like this for their patrons to chose patterns to decorate their floors and walls. I will actually use them as mosaic models.

This week I bring you the 5th Lugdunum medallion :

the 5th medaillonof the great lugdunum mosaic
The 5th medallion

Actually, the mosaicist (s?) who laid this remarkable mosaic loved this design so much that they used 5 slightly different variations of it on this floor

Variation #2
Variation #3
Variation #4
Variation #5

Four basic colors of Roman Mosaics

Basic colors of Roman mosaics are :

  1. Black
  2. White
  3. Red
  4. Yellow

Generally they happened in that order : If the mosaicist would use only 2 colors, they were Black and White; 3 colors, Black, White and Red; 4 colors : Black, White, Red and Yellow.

These are general rules. Most of the time, the mosaicists sourced their stones no more than 100 km around the place they would build their mosaics, so they would use whatever was available to them, Blacks tended to be dark grey, and whites were more like crema.

On this 5th medallion, like on the 4th I described 2 weeks ago, the mosaicist used a 5th color, a bluish grey possibly sourced from the mounds of Beaujolais North West of Lyon.

I generally make 2 drawings of each model, one in black and white and one with colors close to the original

black and white mosaic model
LGGM_05, Black and White
original colors mosaic model.
LGGM_05, original colors

This week I also created one to the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

LGGM_05, the colors of Ukraine

What can an artist do in front of evil ?

I often wonder how useful it is to do this kind of things, my creating drawings, or small mosaics of the Ukrainian flags. It may seem ludicrous, in view of the actual suffering endured by the Ukrainian people. But what can a poor artist do ? I am too old to go fight there, I doubt they would be interested in my abilities. So I just try to bring attention on the horror of this war with what I do best : mosaics.

What are your thoughts about this ?

You are welcome to use my drawings for your own creations

I built those drawings using the 2 pieces of software GIMP and Inkscape which you can freely download and use.

I can draw mosaics because some guys develop and maintain programs that are free to download and use. These people work hard at this because they love to share, I admire that. And I will share my drawings with you. You are free to copy and use them for any graphic project, mosaic, painting, quilting…

If you do so, it would be nice to mention their provenance, but you do not have to. I would also be glad to know how you used them !

If you need higher resolution of them, please contact me

Stay tuned for the next 32 patterns… And many more ! This is the 5th model I design after this great geometric mosaic of Lugdunum.

you can check on previous medallions here :






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