Roman Micromosaic

History

 

Tempio di VestaThe art of Micromosaic was developed at the end of the eighteenth century in the “Studio  of Reverenda Fabrica” in Saint Peter’s as a way of reproducing  some of the Basilica’s painting masterpieces. By starting with the more traditional artistic methods, the mosaic artists created a particular technique requiring great care and patience:  the spinning of glass enamel.

Small pieces of vitreous paste are fused and amalgamated over fire and, later, pulled with tweezers and turned into sticks of different shapes and colors called “filati”. These  threads  are broken into tesserae of minute dimensions, even less than one millimeter on the section.To create a mosaic composition, the tesserae are then placed on to a surface covered with glue, reproducing the picture like a brushstroke on canvas.

The Mosaico Minuto Romano, on account of its vast range of chromatic properties,  was used in several decorations: from small objects such snuffboxes, caskets, jewels, and plates with allegorical-mythological representations, to views of places and of old monuments:  all subjects which were greatly appreciated by the wealthy travelers of the “Grand Tour”.


All the pictures in this website represent mosaics made by Rita Mandolini. All the pictures copyright (c) by Rita Mandolini. It is forbidden to use any picture without written authorization.

Tutte le immagini di questo sito sono di micromosaici realizzati da Rita Mandolini. Le immagini sono di proprietà di Rita Mandolini: tutti i diritti riservati. E' vietato usare alcuna di queste immagini senza autorizzazione scritta.