Micromosaics are a very special favorite of mine. The exquisite artwork created by artist working with such tiny tessera can be breathtaking. This particular micro mosaic still life depicts a colorful bouquet of various flowers in a mid-century style orange and yellow vase on a green table. I love the way the artist has made several flower leaves a bit darker than the white, imitating nature in the life of flowers. Initialed (monogram) lower right, probably 'VC' (Virgilio Cassio, Italian, 20th c). It is framed and matted appropriately.
Country of Origin: Italy.
Size: Sight height 5.75" by width 4.25". Framed height 13", width 12".
Condition: Very Good. Circa: 1950.
Provenance: From Studio Vaticano del Mosaico. (On the occasion of the 1950 Holy year, Mondo Cattolico started a collection of valuable mosaics and micromosaics. In its 60 years of history, three generations have continued the passion for creating a prestigious collection, of religious works of Byzantine style of mosaic Masters.)
THE ORIGINS OF THE MOSAIC ART. The word "mosaic" derives from the Greek and means " Patient, worthy work of the Muses ". Undoubtedly, it represents one of the highest art expressions and one of the greatest styles of ornamentation, which mends us to the Roman epoch. The origin of the mosaic gets lost in the time, developed as a part of the architecture, making us move back to the pavement of pebbles in Crete, but that was not presenting a flat surface as it was carried out with natural stones. The real mosaic art consists of the composition of a drawing or geometrical design, using small pieces, terracotta or glass. The pieces are hand cut and they are fixed on a surface of cement or putty.
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