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Mosaic is a timeless and enduring decorative art with virtually no limits to its application. It has visually enhanced the public and private domain for centuries and you can now commission, from Mosaico Art & Design, a customised piece as a unique addition to your home or garden.
Professional artists behind Mosaico Art & Design. A commission from the artist assures originality, quality and a unique decorative installation or feature. If you are looking for some inspiration then take a look at the artist’s gallery.
So you want to do it yourself!…..great, we can help. As a result of so many requests, Studio Mosaico is now running a series of mosaic workshops.
The History Of Mosaic
It is the art of creating decorative images using pieces of colored glass, stone, and other materials. And ever since the 3rd millennium BC, people have been fascinated by beautiful mosaics. The technique and the artistry behind every piece of mosaic art represent the highest level of craftsmanship, making them among the most sought-after pieces of art around the world.
The mystique and fascination behind every magnificent piece of mosaic art is due to its very long history. Perhaps one of the most important reasons why people are still fascinated by it is the fact that the history of mosaic art is closely tied up with the history of ancient civilization. In fact, it started in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Pebbles from Greece were used to create patterns and images that became an instant hit among rich people in the ancient world.
A century later, mosaics were used to decorate the floors and ceilings of almost all important buildings, easily making the structures themselves delicate works of art. Mosaics are extensively used in palaces and religious buildings as well. In fact, early Christian basilicas used mosaics to decorate and illustrate Christianity’s bloody beginnings. And in time, mosaics were also used in early Islamic art—the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is a very good example.
Mosaics, like paintings, are immortal pictures. Mosaics in architecture can last an eternity, never having the need for any kind of restoration. And perhaps, this quality of mosaic art is what attracted people in the ancient world. But, contrary to what people think, mosaic had a very humble beginning. Mosaics probably started as simple footpaths made of white and black pebbles. And then, the design became more intricate and complex, enabling artists to create more realistic images and sceneries. The Greeks quickly embraced the art and manufactured high quality designs using different materials like colored glass and ceramic. And in the 4th and 5th century BC, mosaics slowly transitioned into being colored masterpieces.
Today, modern mosaics can be made by anyone; from professional to local street artist. Nowadays, materials used in the craft are also as diverse as an artist’s creative mind. Digital imaging and robotic manufacturing allows the creation of complex patterns and images. This is especially beneficial in countries where labor costs are high. But, this innovation is also responsible for the heightened popularity of mosaics. They are now very easy to assemble, requiring only a few days, compared to the years of waiting during ancient times. With new technologies being introduced every year, one can only expect the production of more extensive and elaborate mosaic art. Perhaps it could be said that the history of mosaic art is witnessing a new kind of rebirth—and everyone is very excited.