ROMAN LADY OF LEISURE

Classical Mosaic: A ROMAN LADY OF LEISURE

ROMAN MOSAICS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Roman Mosaics:      DOLPHIN PANEL

ROMAN MOSAICS: DOLPHIN PANEL

THEMES FOR THE BATHS

THE TWISTED ROPE

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THE TWISTED ROPE PATTERN

The “Twisted Rope” pattern was a traditional delineating device, much used by mosaic artists throughout the Roman world. It was picked out with a palette of no more than four muted colours and yet could be used to create a very striking effect, giving depth to a mosaic that would otherwise appear somewhat “two dimensional” and rather uninteresting.

Bank of England mosaic

Roman Mosaic - Floor Decoration

ROMAN MOSAIC – FLOOR DECORATION

The image above shows a simplified version of the “twisted rope border”, where only two strands are used in this instance, rather than the more usual three stranded version.

ANIMAL MOTIFS

Animal images were often highly stylised by Roman mosaic artists, to the extent that they were  more of an abstract conception, emphasising the supposed essence of the particular animal rather than any serious attempt at  realism . Caricatures such as Lion Face (shown below) often show a tendency to anthropomorphism that seeks to equate actual wild beasts with mythological monster images.

LION FACE – FLOOR PANEL

HUNTING SCENES

LION

FINE DETAIL PICKED OUT WITH TINY TESSERAE

Roman Mosaic: a  portion of a very ornate floor panel

ROMAN MOSAIC: A PORTION OF AN EXQUISITE FLOOR PANEL

Roman Mosaic: Portait of god or hero?

Roman Mosaic – Portrait of a god or hero ?

MORE ROMAN PAGES

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                                                             ROMAN AQUEDUCTS

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