Mosaics made from Marble

Marble was already used in antiquity for magnificent patterns. International museums today show, how elaborate the works of art were. In order to allow you to recreate marble mosaics, we also offer marble tesserae in our Teaching Material category.

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Mosaics made from Marble

Like with the other mosaic tesserae, the final mosaic can easily be grouted. We recommend to apply wax or olive oil on the final mosaic so that it becomes more durable. Due to their low height, the marble stones can easily be cut using pliers which we offer in the shop.

Small history of the mosaic

The term ‘mosaic’ derives from the later Latin ‘musaicum (opus)’, it was the work of dedication, of inspiration, namely of proximity to the muses. The mosaic is a popular genus known from ancient times, the painting technique of differently coloured or shaped parts made of stone, glass, paper or fabric to yield a picture or pattern was liked all over in Antiquity. They existed as black and white geometric patterns, but soon were further developed into a highly sophisticated iconography which was as detailed as mural paintings. There are well-known late antique mosaics, especially those that can still be seen in Ravenna, Italy.

Roman mosaics

Mosaics were one of the art products that were loved by the Romans and can be found in all parts of their Empire. Many floors and walls in residential buildings of the upper social class were decorated with mosaics. In the first century, especially black and white mosaics were popular, with geometric motives dominating. In contrast, figural representations are rare and became only popular during the second century. Interestingly, the same fashion was followed by Jews and Christians. Since the second century, however, more and more multi-colored mosaics were developed and soon classical mythological themes were added to the geometric motifs. Well-known late antique mosaics are located among others in the Italian Ravenna.