What are Stone Mosaics

What are Stone Mosaics

What are stone mosaics? The legacy of mosaics is that of an art form that has moved and grown with the history of civilized peoples. It is helpful, to read what the Webster dictionary says. A mosaic is “a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns.” Fair enough. Let’s continue.

As with so many things connected with history, all timeline details don’t necessarily line up neatly. However, lots of things can be agreed upon. It is safe to set the time period as about 3000 BC. Then equally safe to set the place as Mesopotamia. These are an easy starting point for mosaics.

What are Stone Mosaics
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It is also pretty simple to recognize the role mosaics have played in cultural applications alone. This is especially true in both Islamic and Christian art.  This purity of design thought has withstood the test of time, as you can clearly see in the image above from the the Basilica of Santa Pudenziana in Rome, c. 410 AD. This particular work of art is but a small example of stone mosaics in history..

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