MOSAIC ART

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Traditional mosaic

The technique of mosaic, developed thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia, found its first real diffusion in the Greek and Roman world and flowered in the Byzantine and medieval era. Today artist and craftsmen still use much the same technique to decorate and add beauty to floors and walls in homes, churches and public spaces.

The first material used were Terracota and pebbles. In the Hellenistics world stone and marble and glass paste (smalti) cut with a hammer and hardie were used and they remain the most prestigious materials today.

Once the tesserae were cut, they were inserted directly into the mortar or adhesive, creating a surface texture full of movement, light and shadow. Over the centuries different techniquest have been devveloped -the tesserae can be applied indirectly which results in a la flat, smooth surface or a temporary support can be used such as clay or lime. The direct method however remains the one which best highlights the beauty of the marble and smalti.

Micromosaic

Micromosaic is a technique developed in the 18th century by the mosaicists of the Vatican. In order to create mosaic copies of the famous alterpieces in the Basilic of St. Peter's, a vast range of colors was needed. The search for these colors resulted in the creation of mother tints or in other words, colored glass paste with a high percentage of coloring oxides. These colors are melted in a crucible with a flame and mixed. The mass of molten glass in then pulled into long thin rods (the cross section of which can be round, square, triangular, linear or curved). Colors can be mixed in a way to achieve many different effects and the range of possible colors is almost limitless. The rods are then cut with a diamond file and inserted into a special kind of putty dries slowly which allows the mosaicist time for slow, detailed work.

Micromosaic is ideal for creating reproductions of famous paintings and small precious objects. In fact during the 18th and 19th centuries, the technique of micromosaic reached its highest levels in Rome through the production of jewelry and souvenirs for aristocratics "Grand Tour" travalers.

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  • Cave Canem (Mind the dog)

    Artist: Ginevra Malatesta di Torredadria The original was found in the excavations of the Pompeii's ruins. At present it is displayed at the Archeological Museum of Naples. Tesserae of black and biancone marble. Size: Mosaic 17 x 17 cm. Frame: 35 x 35 cm.
    MOQU0001
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  • Picasso Peace Dove

    Artist: Ginevra Malatesta di Torredadria Mosaic of the famous creation of Picasso made with Travertino marble and Carrara. It is completed with 33 gold 24 kt foil tesserae as for the age of Jesus Christ. Size: Mosaic: 21 x 21 cm. Frame: 39 x 39 cm.
    MOQU0002
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  • Hands of "The Creation" of Michelangelo

    Artist: Ginevra Malatesta di Torredadria Detail of the hands of "The Creation" of Michelangelo of the Sistine Chapel. It is made with marble tesserae according to the classic tradition. Beautiful plastic effect. Size: Mosaic: 29 x 15 cm. Frame: 50 x 36 cm.
    MOQU0003
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  • Van Gogh's "Sunflowers"

    Artist: Ginevra Malatesta di Torredadria Micromosaic of Van Gogh's workart made wuth tesserae of glass paste. Size: Mosaic: 15 x 12,5 cm. Frame: 32 x 30 cm.
    MOQU0004
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  • Our Lady of Guadalupe

    Artist: Salvo Germanà Size: Mosaic: 23 x 15 cm. Frame: 42 x 33,5 cm.
    MOQU0005
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  • Plinio Doves

    Artist: Salvo Germanà Mosaic representing the "Plinio Doves". Size: Mosaic: 22x15,5 cm. Frame: 41x35 cm.
    MOQU0006
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  • Van Gogh's Starry Night

    Artist: Salvo Germanà A mosaic of the Van Gogh's famous workart. Size: Mosaic: 21,5 x 16 cm. Frame: 43 x 37 cm.
    MOQU0007
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  • Divine Mercy of Jesus

    Artist: Salvo Germanà Size: Mosaic: 24 x 18 cm. Frame: 43 x 37 cm.
    MOQU0008
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  • Madonna of Ferruzzi (Madonna of the Street)

    Artist: Nunzio Monticelli Representation of the workart of Ferruzzi which was lost in the last world war. Size: Mosaic: 28 x 28 cm. Frame: 50 x 50 cm.
    MOQU0009
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  • Detail of Michelangelo's Madonna della "Pietà"

    Artist: Nunzio Monticelli Detail of Michelangelo's workart "La Pietà". Marble tesseraes. Size: Mosaic: 44 x 30 cm. Frame: 54 x 68 cm.
    MOQU0010
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  • Jesus Praying

    Artist: Nunzio Monticelli Marble tesserae. Size: Mosaic: 37 x 24 cm. Frame: 61 x 47 cm.
    MOQU0011
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  • Divine Mercy of Jesus

    Artist: Nunzio Monticelli Tesserae of Travertino and black of Belgium marble and gold 24 kt foil tesserae. Size: Mosaic: 68 x 67 cm. Frame: 85 x 87 cm.
    MOQU0012
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  • Saint Peter's Square

    Mondo Cattolico Collection Micromosaic Size: Mosaic: 18 x 13 cm. Frame: 36 x 30,5 cm.
    MOQU0013
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  • Piazza di Spagna (Spain Square)

    Mondo Cattolico mosaic art collection Micromosaic Size: Mosaic: 29 x 20,5 cm. Frame: 59 x 51 cm.
    MOQU0014
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  • Rome's view from the river Tiber

    Mondo Cattolico mosaic art collection. Micromosaic Size: Micromosaic: 21,5 x 16 cm. Frame: 46 x 40 cm.
    MOQU0016
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  • The Colosseum

    Mondo Cattolico mosaic art collection. Micromosaic Size: Micromosaic: 18 x 12,5 cm Frame: 36 x 31 cm.
    MOQU0017
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  • Saint Peter's Basilic

    Mondo Cattolico mosaic art collection. Micromosaic Size: Micromosaic: 13 x 9 cm. Frame: 33 x 29 cm.
    MOQU0018
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  • The Bridge of Sighs (Venice)

    Mondo Cattolico mosaic art collection. Micromosaic Size: Mosaic: 17,5 x 12,5 cm. Frame: 30 x 35 cm.
    MOQU0015
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  • Saint Peter's Basilic (intarsio)

    Mondo Cattolico collection of mosaic art. Intarsio Size: Mosaic: 14 x 10,5 cm. Frame: 36 x 32 cm.
    MOQU0019
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  • Trevi Fountain

    Mondo Cattolico mosaic art collection. Micromosaic Size: Mosaic: 18 x 13 cm. Frame: 34,5 x 30 cm.
    MOQU0020
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