Mosaic

Last Supper in Pompeii

Last Supper in Pompeii

The last day, of the Last Supper in Pompeii, in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.  A mosaic-related foray, but much, much, more. This small but exquisitely formed show closed on the 12th January, so little to add beyond a few haphazard thoughts.   Paul Roberts, the curator of the show and head of the antiquities department, […]

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Castle Builders:  The Dreamwork of Isaiah Zagar

Castle Builders: The Dreamwork of Isaiah Zagar

Late in the Edinburgh Festival of 2016 the founder of the Summerhall venue, Robert McDowell, introduced me  to a minor work of show-business magic.      The Castle Builder was one of those Fringe shows where you spend the first several minutes in your seat wondering what  am I doing here, and why is this […]

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The mosaic displays of the Zeugma and Bardo Museums

The mosaic displays of the Zeugma and Bardo Museums

This blog may be a practise run, or an ongoing assemblage of observations, for a minor paper I hope to submit comparing the display of mosaics at two  museums:  the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, in Gaziantep, Turkey, and the Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. I came across the Gaziantep museum by chance in 2013, in the […]

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The Unswept Floor

The Unswept Floor

For the mosaic class assignment at the London School of Mosaic this week we’ve been asked to produce our own responses to the Unswept Floor. For the uninitiated, such as me, the Unswept Floor is arguably the most famous mosaic of the ancient world.   Why?  First, it was described by Pliny, who uniquely also […]

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Mosiacism

Mosiacism

Where do you begin with mosaics?   Impossible.   But perhaps at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gazientep, Turkey.   The stunning, purpose-built museum displays the mosaics dramatically rescued from a huge Roman site being flooded by the rising  waters of a dam. The museum took the so-called Gipsy Girl as it’s figurehead.   The […]

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Miniature Mosaic

Miniature Mosaic

Browsing the stands at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia in November I came across this magnificent Italian marble table at Burton Antiques.    The fine variety  of the cut marble with geometric black inlay lines is combined with a mesmerising  set of micro mosaics.   The centre piece shows St Peter’s Square, […]

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