I LOVE visiting #Boston, and the fact that some of my best friends live there makes it even better (sadly, none of them speak in that epic Boston accent yet) 😍 Mosaic theory tidbit: usually, there is a line that traces the perimeter of the main subject. This technique is called Opus Vermiculatum (because it worms around the edges). Sometimes, like in this case, there are two (or more) rows of this type of tiling ☝🏼✨ — Thank you all for the awesome feedback on what you’d like to see in my…

I LOVE visiting #Boston, and the fact that some of my best friends live there makes it even better (sadly, none of them speak in that epic Boston accent yet) 😍 Mosaic theory tidbit: usually, there is a line that traces the perimeter of the main subject. This technique is called Opus Vermiculatum (because it worms around the edges). Sometimes, like in this case, there are two (or more) rows of this type of tiling ☝🏼✨ — Thank you all for the awesome feedback on what you’d like to see in my…

Marine Life Mosaic from House VIII Pompeii demonstrating the vermiculatum technique Roman 2nd century BCE (6) by mharrsch, via Flickr

Marine Life Mosaic from House VIII Pompeii demonstrating the vermiculatum technique Roman 2nd century BCE (6) by mharrsch, via Flickr

Mosaico pavimentale raffigurante uccelli, pesci e cesto di frutta. Opus vermiculatum, I secolo a.C. – I secolo d.C., Grotte Celoni, Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo - See more at: https://ilcalicediebe.com/tag/romani/#sthash.wsGZr8qB.dpuf

Mosaico pavimentale raffigurante uccelli, pesci e cesto di frutta. Opus vermiculatum, I secolo a.C. – I secolo d.C., Grotte Celoni, Museo Nazionale Romano di Palazzo Massimo - See more at: https://ilcalicediebe.com/tag/romani/#sthash.wsGZr8qB.dpuf

Opus Vermiculatum Mosaic Pavement Depicting Dionysus (Bacchus) Roman 3rd century CE by mharrsch on Flickr.Opus Vermiculatum Mosaic Pavement Depicting Dionysus (Bacchus) Roman 3rd century CE

Opus Vermiculatum Mosaic Pavement Depicting Dionysus (Bacchus) Roman 3rd century CE by mharrsch on Flickr.Opus Vermiculatum Mosaic Pavement Depicting Dionysus (Bacchus) Roman 3rd century CE

Central panel of a floor mosaic with a a striped cat attacking a bird on top and two ducks on the bottom - "Opus vermiculatum", Roman artwork of the late Republican era, first quarter of the 1st century BC - Rome's Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Italy

Central panel of a floor mosaic with a a striped cat attacking a bird on top and two ducks on the bottom - "Opus vermiculatum", Roman artwork of the late Republican era, first quarter of the 1st century BC - Rome's Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Italy

Mosaic emblema in opus vermiculatum from Centocelle (near Rome) depicting an intimate scene between a young woman and a man with a naked torso, 2nd century AD, Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria

Mosaic emblema in opus vermiculatum from Centocelle (near Rome) depicting an intimate scene between a young woman and a man with a naked torso, 2nd century AD, Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria

Mosaic Opus Vermiculatum

Mosaic Opus Vermiculatum

opus vermiculatum---taken from the latin word 'worm.' It refers to lines of tesserae that snake around a feature in the mosaic. Often 2-3 rows of opus vermiculatum appear like a halo around something in a mosaic picture, helping it stand out from the background.

opus vermiculatum---taken from the latin word 'worm.' It refers to lines of tesserae that snake around a feature in the mosaic. Often 2-3 rows of opus vermiculatum appear like a halo around something in a mosaic picture, helping it stand out from the background.

A dog and a knocked-over gold vessel. Greco-Roman Museum, Alexandria, approx. 200-100 BC. The scene formed the center piece of a large mosaic floor. This period represents a high point in the mosaic craft in antiquity. Many of the tesserae (the little pieces of stone/glass) are only 1-2, mm across, which allows the mosaicist to achieve a painting-like effect.  This technique was known in antiquity as opus vermiculatum, or ‘wormy work’.

A dog and a knocked-over gold vessel. Greco-Roman Museum, Alexandria, approx. 200-100 BC. The scene formed the center piece of a large mosaic floor. This period represents a high point in the mosaic craft in antiquity. Many of the tesserae (the little pieces of stone/glass) are only 1-2, mm across, which allows the mosaicist to achieve a painting-like effect. This technique was known in antiquity as opus vermiculatum, or ‘wormy work’.

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

Crazy beautiful high quality opus vermiculatum mosaic from the library at Alexandria, thus Greek, not Roman. Also, this dog is an ancestor of Sparky.

Crazy beautiful high quality opus vermiculatum mosaic from the library at Alexandria, thus Greek, not Roman. Also, this dog is an ancestor of Sparky.

panel triangular con un antílope (detalle del mosaico "Ganimedes y el águila") - Opus vermiculatum, Opus tesselatum

panel triangular con un antílope (detalle del mosaico "Ganimedes y el águila") - Opus vermiculatum, Opus tesselatum

English: Masks, leaves and fruit, detail from a Roman mosaic. Medium: opus vermiculatum Dimensions: Height: 49 cm (19.3 in). Width: 280 cm (110.2 in). Current location Naples National Archaeological Museum From the House of the Faun, Pompeii (VI, 12, 2)

English: Masks, leaves and fruit, detail from a Roman mosaic. Medium: opus vermiculatum Dimensions: Height: 49 cm (19.3 in). Width: 280 cm (110.2 in). Current location Naples National Archaeological Museum From the House of the Faun, Pompeii (VI, 12, 2)

-2eS, Pompéi, Maison du Faune, Salle 34 Triclinium 1er STYLE  Opus Vermiculatum: EROS ailé avec emblèmes dionysiaques chevauchant un Lion. Emblèmes: Âge d'or (coupe) + Bonheur dionysiaque (vin). Tradition grecque de célébration du Banquet

-2eS, Pompéi, Maison du Faune, Salle 34 Triclinium 1er STYLE Opus Vermiculatum: EROS ailé avec emblèmes dionysiaques chevauchant un Lion. Emblèmes: Âge d'or (coupe) + Bonheur dionysiaque (vin). Tradition grecque de célébration du Banquet

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