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The Lullingstone Europa mosaic

The Lullingstone Roman Villa was built near the village of Eynsford in Kent, south eastern England. Location of the Villa Originally constructed in the 1st century, the Lullingstone Villa was repeatedly expanded and occupied until its final destruction by fire in the 4th or 5th century. Around 150 CE, the…
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Europa

Europa and the Bull, another one of Zeus’ love story “Zeus saw her, fell in love with her, and seduced her” is a pretty standard summary of many stories of Greek mythology and without Zeus love stories, ancient artists would have had a hard time finding inspiration… Some of Zeus’…
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Moving a mosaic studio

After quite some troubles, I have finally managed to get my stuff ready for moving back to Europe How do you move a mosaic studio ? You pack all you can into a shipping container and ship it ! Front of the container Yeah, sure… There is no easy way.…
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Muses Mosaics

Muses mosaics were appreciated by Roman patricians In Greek mythology the Muses were the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science, and arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge embodied in the poetry, song-lyrics, and myths that were related orally for centuries in these ancient cultures. Later adopted…
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How I recreated the Julia Felix mosaic

This post treats of the analytical and synthetic aspects of recreating the Julia Felix mosaic. 3 stages of recreating the design of an antic mosaic are : Analysis of the mosaic to determine different elements and sub-elements. Actual re-creation of new elements. Assembly of the new elements to complete the…
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Unemployed

An unemployed mosaicist I have been mosaically unemployed for a year… In January 2020, I flew back to Alabama from France. I had just learned I was going to be a grandfather in August ! This grand child was going to be the first of his or her generation. 2020…
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Close up of cone mosaic_Uruk, Mesopotamia

Cone mosaics

Cone mosaics are the oldest known mosaics in the world They were used in Southern Mesopotamia (present day Iraq) to decorate monumental raw mud-brick Palaces and Temples built between 3500 and 3000 BC. Baked clay cones for tesserae,  plaster as thinset. Cone mosaics were built with small cones made of…
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Volubilis mosaics – Part Deux

In 2017, I started to travel to see mosaic I had been dreaming of for many years. Twice a year I would go back to Europe and then go to Spain, Portugal, Germany… You realize of course that almost wherever you can find Roman mosaics, there you’ll also find good…
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Mosaic models : how to line up things

Accuracy in mosaic models In the same way you do not build houses without blueprints, you should not build mosaics without a mosaic models. Accurate ones… Some brilliant people may be able to create amazing mosaics without models. I am not one of them. Some houses collapse, some mosaics turn…
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The Aquitaine school of mosaics

Roman mosaics of Southwestern France The Aquitaine school of mosaics refers to a regional mosaic style followed by itinerant teams of mosaicists during the 4th and 5th century. Its regional center was located in Gallia Aquitania. Gallia Aquitania, 125 AD A distinctive and evolutive style The style of this Aquitaine…
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