E.J.Wilkins

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Mérida, Spain

National Museum of Roman Art

This is a tiny section of one of the many mosaics that are attached to the walls of the museum. This mosaic went from about eight feet above the floor (out of reach) almost to the ceiling (two floors up), and covered almost the whole width of the building to the right of the arches you can see in this picture - it's perhaps twenty or thirty yards wide.

 

To get an idea of the sheer size of some of these mosaics I've uploaded a not-so-good picture of the edge of another one showing the bricks alongside it. The bricks are narrow (top to bottom) and perhaps five of six inches wide.

 

There's also another picture showing a whole mosaic that's attached to the wall between arches to the left of the building. To give you an idea of scale, it's on a vertical wall behind where these staff are sitting.

 

I recently read that 'they' have discovered evidence of mass production of parts of mosaics, so it's possible that some of the patterns could be bought and shipped almost as 'kits' - the rope design and square and triangular lozenges here would perhaps have been made that way. Individual characters, such as the face to the right, will probably have been designed specially for the individual client, as commissioned work.

 

 If you'd like to know more about this amazing Museum and some of its' priceless and awe-inspiring exhibits

please take a look the text accompanying other pictures I've uploaded.

They can be found - here -.

.

Mérida, Spain

National Museum of Roman Art

This is a tiny section of one of the many mosaics that are attached to the walls of the museum. This mosaic went from about eight feet above the floor (out of reach) almost to the ceiling (two floors up), and covered almost the whole width of the building to the right of the arches you can see in this picture - it's perhaps twenty or thirty yards wide.

 

To get an idea of the sheer size of some of these mosaics I've uploaded a not-so-good picture of the edge of another one showing the bricks alongside it. The bricks are narrow (top to bottom) and perhaps five of six inches wide.

 

There's also another picture showing a whole mosaic that's attached to the wall between arches to the left of the building. To give you an idea of scale, it's on a vertical wall behind where these staff are sitting.

 

I recently read that 'they' have discovered evidence of mass production of parts of mosaics, so it's possible that some of the patterns could be bought and shipped almost as 'kits' - the rope design and square and triangular lozenges here would perhaps have been made that way. Individual characters, such as the face to the right, will probably have been designed specially for the individual client, as commissioned work.

 

 If you'd like to know more about this amazing Museum and some of its' priceless and awe-inspiring exhibits

please take a look the text accompanying other pictures I've uploaded.

They can be found - here -.

.

comments (26)

  • Alan
  • Somewhere near Seattle
  • 17 Sep 2010, 01:35
It's beyong comprehension to think of the manhours that went into this. It's a fascinating piece of art.
EJWilkins: I know, and there didn't seem to be any mistakes either
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Sep 2010, 02:13
It a lovely thing, Ellie.
EJWilkins: It was mesmerising
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Sep 2010, 07:24
The intricacy of these things is quite mind blowing Ellie
EJWilkins: Exactly. The thing was that there were so many of them there to see, and all so detailed and in such good condition that in the end it was almost possible to 'dismiss' them. I will show a couple more, but not for a few days.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Sep 2010, 07:36
This is actually very amazing, Ellie. You can stare at it for a long time and still see something new.
EJWilkins: It was hard to decide where to point the camera, apart from the central part of the mosaic which was even more special because it had clearly been a 'commission', all the surrounding part was like this - wonderful colours and fascinating detail.
that is some craft work there... art indeed
EJWilkins: Yes, indeed.
Isn't it the most wonderful work! I will never forget the mosaic work at the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra.
EJWilkins: It is wonderful, and almost two thousand years old.
Some very interesting patterns and colours here Ellie. I quite like the curly design which could almost be contemporary.
EJWilkins: When you look at them carefully you (or should I say I) can see patterns similar to those on Chinese rugs, William Morris wallpaper, armorial banners and coats of arms and in this one there's something similar to the Tudor Rose. They're really amazing to see, it'd take hours to 'take in' a whole mosaic of this size ... but we only had two hours for the whole museum!
beautifully composed, and very nicely aligned on the right hand side!
EJWilkins: Well, almost aligned! We had to move so quickly that I kicked myself when I realised I'd chopped the top of the head off. This one's 'from camera' except for a tweak with levels.
Wonderful composition Ellie.
Patterns and graphics are superb!
EJWilkins: Superb is the right word to use Richard, you'd love to visit this place - if you do, please allow yourself more than two days to see the town as well.
What lovely work, they really were very skilled artisans.
EJWilkins: They were indeed Brian, I'm amazed at how the twists of rope work all join up .. well, and the rest too!
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 17 Sep 2010, 11:49
Awesome art
EJWilkins: Yep, it was awesome to see
That's absolutely amazing, EJ - a remarkable state of preservation!
EJWilkins: Yes, absolutely astonishing. Trouble is I can't remember which building this came from, I forgot to take a picture of the plaque
I love the design,I think it is so beautiful!
EJWilkins: So do I Sue smile
There must be hours and hours of work in these mosaic patterns, very beautiful to look at smile
EJWilkins: I really can't imagine how long it must have taken to put these together, nor how many people must have been involved in the making.
  • Tracy
  • UK
  • 17 Sep 2010, 15:16
Just imagine how long it took to make this fine piece of art.smile
EJWilkins: I know, and like a carpet they were designed to be walked on!
Wow!!! What a great piece!! We have a really large mosaic in Galway Cathedral, that looks very similar, colour-wise
EJWilkins: The one in the cathedral might have the same 'roots', perhaps, if it's a mediaeval floor
Fantastic craftsmanship Ellie
EJWilkins: It is Bill, absolutely fantastic.
Beautiful artwork Ellie. Love the colours
cant imagine how long these things took to make especially the size of them, nicely captured
EJWilkins: The skill is still there Derek, at least in Portugal where they have wonderful two tone mosaics in pavements, although they're made of much larger pieces. They put them together remarkably quickly, it's fascinating to watch.
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Sep 2010, 07:24
Such detail Ellie itis beautiful work and must have taken ages to put together.
Amazing detail for the time.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Sep 2010, 10:26
I am always amazed by the effort it takes to make something fabulous as this mosaic, so colourful and so much details, wonderful.
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 19 Sep 2010, 16:56
Beautiful details! What this mosaic work!!
Nicely framed detail shot.
It boggles the mind to imagine that almost two thousand years ago they had the expertize, the time & the effort to produce such beautiful and intricate designs.
EJWilkins: It is mind-boggling isn't it, but sometimes I think that if we didn't have the internet and didn't have all the other modern things to fill our time I'd bet we'd be more hands-on creative and would be able to do things like this - if we put our minds to it.
one word: lovely!

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