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Byzantine mosaics of Notre Dame de la Garde.

The modern byzantine mosaics of Notre-Dame de la Garde perfectly illustrate how mosaics were incorporated in the Neo-Byzantine sacred architecture of the 19th century. Built on top of the highest natural peak of the area, Notre Dame de la Garde, also known as “La Bonne Mere” – the good mother…
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Grout coloring

Grout color is important. Beside protecting the mosaic, grout has a visual function. Just like the frame of a painting brings attention to it, grout is there to get people’s attention to the actual tiles. There are many theories about how you should use various colors to achieve different visual…
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Principles of Opus Pixellatum

Basics of grayscale Opus Pixellatum This a first post of a series dedicated to my Opus Pixellatum Technique © and the many variations it allows. It resshuffles a post created in my first mosaic blog a few years ago… This first post describes the original, basic Opus Pixellatum technique as…
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The Art of Mosaic

I am very pleased to announce that my work will be featured at The Peanut Gallerie From next August 22nd onto September 28th While “The Art of Mosaics” will of course feature many of my mosaics, some of them never seen until now, you will also be able to see,…
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August in mosaics

August in the Julian Calendar In 46 BC. Julius Cesar instaured a 365-day solar calendar (plus a 366 every four years). Our modern western calendar is based upon it. Mosaic of the seasons, El Djem, Tunisia AUGUST Before the adoption of the Julian calendar, August was the sixth month of…
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Grouts and Thinsets

Grouts, Thinsets, and when to use them. Before synthetic adhesives were invented, since the beginning of the Art, floor layers and mosaicists have been using cement based Thinset Mortars and Grouts. This articles is about these materials and when to use them. It is not about how to use them.…
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Roman mosaics in Germany – Nennig

Visiting the Nennig mosaic was my first goal in a trip I took in June 2019 to Northeastern France and Western Germany. I give practical information about this trip (itinerary, accommodations, costs…) in my previous post “Mosaics of Northeastern Gaul” NENNIG 2000 years ago the Moselle valley became part of…
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Bourgogne Mausoleum- Autumn

Mosaics of Northeastern Gaul, June 2019

A five days mosaics trip. The itinerary and logistics of a 5 days trip to sightsee Roman mosaics of Northeastern France and Western Germany. Detailed articles about the actual mosaics I saw will follow. Gallia Belgica and Germania Shortly after the conquest of Gaul by Julius Cesar the Romans invaded…
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Roman floral patterns

Political stability promotes creativity. In the provinces of Gaul, as in the rest of the Occident and Roman empire, the 2nd century, thanks to political stability beginning with Trajan, saw a spectacular rise of the decorations of floors and walls. This came in connection with intense architectural creation activity, both…
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Lepus Vexus, Corinium’s style

Once upon a time in Britannia The Corinium Beeches Road Hare mosaic dates from the 4th century. It was excavated in Cirencester in 1971. The Beeches Road Hare mosaic   Hares and rabbits are often shown in other Roman mosaics, either part of hunting scenes, or feeding from grapes. We…
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