Art History

Greek and Roman Mosaics 1

Greek and Roman Mosaics

  • Pub Date: November 13, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press, Incorporated
  • ISBN-13: 9780789211255
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 320
  • Trim Size: 12.63 x 10.5 x 1.26 in


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About This Book

Mosaic has been called “painting for eternity,” and it is in fact one of the few arts of antiquity to survive in something like its original condition and variety. Mosaic pavements with geometric and figural motifs first appeared in Greece at the end of the fifth century BC and subsequently spread throughout the entire classical world, from the palaces of the Greco-Bactrian rulers of present-day Afghanistan to the villas of Roman Britain. Local workshops cultivated many distinctive regional styles, while traveling teams of Hellenistic craftsmen produced figural mosaics of stunning refinement, often modeled after famous paintings; indeed, their work constitutes one of our only records of classical Greek painting, which has been almost entirely lost.