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Mosaic Art

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Author(s): Bloedhorn, Hanswulf | Strohmaier-Wiederwanders, Gerlinde
[German Version] I. Concept and Techniques – II. Greco-Roman Antiquity – III. Jewish Antiquity – IV. Christian Antiquity – V. Development until the Present I. Concept and Techniques Mosaics are used to decorate floors, walls, and ceilings with geometric, floral, and figurative motifs in color or black and white. The oldest examples of floor mosaics (5th cent. bce) were uncovered in North Africa and Greece, and are attested in the entire Mediterranean since the age of Hellenism. Walls and ceilings were also decorated with mosaics from the early Ro…