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Type of print: Lithograph - Original vintage German antique print
Year of printing: 1888
Publisher: Julius Hoffman, Stuttgart
Condition: Excellent
Dimensions of print in inches: 8 1/2 x 13 (incl. blank margins).
Type of paper: Heavier, matte finish

Note: Green 'border' around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed, it is not part of the print. 1 inch = 2,54 cm.

Legend to the illustrations depicted in the print:
Mosaic-work probably has its home in the East. This technical branch, considerably improved by the Greeks, was carried at last to the culminating point of perfection by the Romans, who produced not only geometrical mosaic-work, as we observe in so many floors excavated at Pompeii, but also flowers, animals, still-life, human and divine beings, even complete pictures, the latter being probably, for the most part, imitations of Greek originals no more existing. Regarding the material, stones of different colours were generally employed, chiefly marble (seldom glass-pastes). In mosaic floors made of plates, Fig. 2 and 3, there is a great variety in the forms of the plates, whereas in mosaic proper, little stones, embedded in beton, were arranged into interesting carpet- patterns or figural representations, Fig. 1 and 4-10. Mosaics of this kind were also applied to walls and vaults. In a later period motives with a tendency to relief-like appearance, were frequently used for floors, proving, that the taste of that period was already decaying.

Fig. 1. Mosaic frieze in the house of the Faun at Pompeii.
2 and 3. Patterns of late-mosaic in the Palatine Museum at Rome.
4 and 5. Mosaic floors from the Hunting Villa at Fliessem near Treves.
6 and 7. Mosaic floors from Pompeii.
8, 9 and 10. The same from the Thermae of Caracalla at Rome.

1888 Color Litho Print - Roman Art Mosaics Found at Pompeii Italy


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