We’ve been travelling around and this is one of the fantastic mosaics at the Dunedin Railway Station. Never appreciatd this as a teenager waiting for the bus way back when but now I look at these and go WOW!.
Joseph Fernand Henri Léger (February 4, 1881 – August 17, 1955) was a French painter, sculptor, and filmmaker.
Post WWII until the end of his life Leger did more mosaics.
For a biography of the man, check out his history at Wikipedia.
Last year a good friend of mine visited Italy with her man. When I heard she was going I said I would forgive her for not taking me along if she sent me photos of mosaics.
These mosaics are found at Ostia Antica. They were the floors of the bath houses. The town Ostia Antica was buried by flooding and soot settlement of the Tiber River. It was a major harbour city for Rome, almost 75,000 people had lived here at one time. It has more of a real life look at the people of Roman times than Pompeii. Pompeii was the ‘resort town’ with vast richness. Ostia was a working town – and less crowded with tourists.
Looking at Wikipedia, Ostia Antica was an important military town as the mouth of the Tiber was a potential gateway to Rome itself. It was founded by Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome.
Venetian Mosaic Workshop at the Orsoni Glass Foundry
An adventure in Artitourismo
Venice, Italy………………Since 1888 Orsoni has been producing glass smalti and 24 k gold mosaic at their foundry in the Cannaregio district of Venice. This historical oasis now offers a 3 day mosaic workshop, teaching the same traditional Byzantine techniques that were used for the Basilica di San Marco. The private mosaic class, with a maximum of 6 students, is an authentic experience into the heart of Venetian artistry and culture. Students participating in the workshop have access to over 2,000 hues of Orsoni mosaic glass. They are taught to use the traditional hammer and hardie for cutting and shaping the individual tessera. On the first day students tour the foundry and color library before beginning their mosaics.
Maestro Lucio Orsoni, the internationally acclaimed mosaic artist and great grandson of founder, Angelo Orsoni has created the series of workshops to “spread the divine art of mosaics” to travelers who are fascinated with this ancient craft.
Completing the adventure in artitourismo, participants stay at Domus Orsoni, the unique bed and breakfast located steps away from the mosaic studio. An Italian architect or artist designed each of the luxurious 5 bedrooms with Orsoni mosaic glass tile and resplendent 24k gold. Workshops are offered throughout the year and the tuition is Euro 480. Five and ten day Master classes are also available. Rooms at Domus Orsoni start at Euro 80. A schedule and more information can be found at http://www.orsoni.com or by calling +39 041 2440002, in the US #415.383.1399.