the mosaic mystique


Mosaic garden planters Obbligato Decor

Mosaic garden pots – Obbligato Decor

Mosaic art could be regarded  as the original display of pixel like imagery and it was really prophetic for what was to come in the digital age of image creation. The innate texture in mosaic art added to its dimensionality and despite its painstaking application, it has been  favoured in the creation of some truly amazing works of art.

Evidence of the first glazed tiles date back to 1500 BC from excavations at Susa and Chogha Zanbil in Iran. Around 400BC the Greeks elevated Mosaic’s to an art form when they began using small manufactured pieces made from marble, glass, terracotta and stone (“tesserae” ) that could be manipulated into artworks. Many of the dwellings of the rich at this time displayed mosaic floors of elaborate designs. During the next century Greek mosaicists became more ambitious and used more colours and detail.


Roman Mosaic Floor Jewry Wall Museum

Roman Mosaic at the Jewry Wall Museum

The Romans carried mosaic  art further afield and soon, throughout the empire, rich villas with  impressive mosaic floors were created. Typically,  mosaic scenes depicted Roman subjects celebrating their gods along with  domestic themes, animals and geometric designs.  The expansion of the art-form occurred with  the use of it by Christians to decorate the walls of churches rather than the floor.

Fragment of a floor mosaic with a personification of Ktisis- ggnyc,flickr

From the 5th century onwards, with the rise of the Byzantine Empire , the art form took on new characteristics. These included the introduction of Eastern influences in style and the use of special glass tesserae called smalti, which were manufactured in northern Italy. These were made from thick sheets of coloured glass. Smalti have a rough surface and contain tiny air bubbles. They are sometimes backed with reflective silver or gold leaf.

This lead to further expansion into the Moorish art of  Spain  and into the Muslim world around the Eighth Century. From the Great Mosque at Cordoba to the Basilica of Saint Mark in  Venice to Westminster Cathedral,  mosaic art proliferated.

St. Pauls Cathedral mosaicSt. Pauls Cathedral mosaic art

The above two  mosaic’s are from St. Pauls Cathedral, London



Buddhist mosaic art Bangkok, Thailand

” ‘Wat Ratchabopit”’ Bangkok, Thailand



Byzantine mosaic crown

Byzantine mosaic crown, Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem


Mosaic Mandala bowl

Mandala Mosaic Bowl – Bricolore



Contemporary Design-from-mosaicworks

Contemporary design from mosaicworks



Dragonfly Mosaic Bowl -

Mosaic Bowl –



Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum

Mosaic ceiling at the Royal Ontario Museum



mosaic Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts

“Two Fish One Heart‘”  Wall Decor- Red Crow Arts



Tiffany glass meramid mosaïc is a 2008 work by Anne Bedel.

Mermaid Sirene – Tiffany glass mosaïc  by Anne Bedel.


Kimberly Schonfeld mosaic sculpture

Kimberly Schonfeld sculptural mosaic



Mosaic Bowl - Cindy Laneville - Ontario, Canada

Mosaic Bowl – Cindy Laneville

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Victor Nunnally mosaic eagle

‘Eagle in flight’Victor Nunnally



Mosaic Bowl – Haima Design



Large Mosaic Clad Planter - Obbligato Decor

Mosaic Clad Planter – Obbligato Decor



Victor Nunnally Mosaic

Victor Nunnally Mosaic-stained glass mosaic table top: ‘Table Of Prosperity’



Mosaic Bowl - thecuriousgecko

” Sunny Day ” Mosaic Bowl-thecuriousgecko



Mosaic adaption of  Gustav Klimt’s les amies



Nightwatch-Mosaic-Eggshell lady under a full moon at the ocean Linda Biggers

‘Nightwatch’-Mosaic Eggshell mosaic art – Linda Biggers



Mosaic wall panel Serenade - Irinia Charny

‘Serenade’ – Irinia Charny



Moscow mayakovskaya station ceiling mosaic

Mayakovskaya Station, Moscow, Ceiling Mosaic – Deineka



St. Mark's Basilica Mosaic - Venice, Italy

St. Mark’s Basilica Mosaic Facade




mosaic garden meditation bench

Garden Meditation Mosaic BenchAltered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay

Altered Universe-contemporary mosaic by Lois McKay



Abstract Mosaic Vase - Irinia Charny

Abstract Vase – Irinia Charny



mosaic stairway in San Francisco

This stairway of 163 steps is located in San Francisco, at Moraga St. and 16th Avenue. Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher.



Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard

Ceramic Mosaic Garden Ball Lizard



Vintage French Mosaic Vase

Vintage French Mosaic Vase

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Moroccan mosaic table and lamp

Mosaic table and lamp, Marrakesh



Russian Tvoryuki Mosaic artBlus Bird – Tvoryuki Mosaic



mosaic mandala

Impressive mosaic mandala



Olicana Mosaics garden courtyard motif

Olicana Mosaics



Chelsea Flower Show Mosaic peacock path

Chelsea Flower Show  -Victorian Aviary Garden


‘Seascape Mosaic’ by George Fishman



Modern-Mosaic-ArtJordi-Labanda-for-SICIS Italian

Modern Mosaic Art – Jordi Labanda for SICIS





Female Red Cello Player mosiac – Irinia Charny





Mosaic of the Battle of Issus from the House of the Faun in Pompeii 1st century




'Mother and Child' (The Three Ages of Woman 1905) by Emerald Dragon (Kathleen), via Flickr

‘Mother and Chid’ (The Three Ages of Woman 1905) by Emerald Dragon (Kathleen), via Flickr




Carole-Choucair-Oueijan-Mosaics head mosaic

Carole Choucair Oueijan




Pictures of MosaicMosaic Burning Fall

Mosaic picture ‘Burning Autumn’





Mosaic of a barn owl – Nancy Bunker

Redford Glass Studio



cbmosaics---Christine-Brallier blue mosaic cat

Christine Brallier





Public botanical mosaic – Dupont Station, Toronto

James Sutherland designed the mosaics, entitled  – ‘Spadina Summer Under All Seasons’



Lubets-eggshell mosaic pink lotus

Pink lotus eggshell mosaic – Lubets



Under-water-mermaid-and-fish-panel, art nouveau style Sue Thompson

Under water mermaid and fish mosaic panel – Sue Thompson



Zentangle mosaic -By-Rikke-Poulsen

Zentangle  Rikke Poulson




Universal Law mosaic – Brett Campbell



See another veniceclayartists article on mosaics here 






  1. LISA
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Permalink


  2. Posted July 8, 2016 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for including me in these fantastic images of mosaic wonders.

  3. Robbie I. Hood
    Posted July 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks too Victor, you are a fantastic mosaicist.

  4. Posted November 16, 2017 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for including our products in your selection of beautiful mosaic works – much appreciated

  5. Posted January 31, 2018 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Hi, This is the first time I’ve seen this article. Thank you for including my work in this wonderful collection of mosaics.

  6. Di Crea
    Posted March 28, 2019 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Extraordinary work! I had to share on with Facebook Group , The Mosaic Connection! Members are going to be blown away!
    Di Crea
    Bits and Pieces Mosaics

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