Opus vermiculatum

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 c BCE by mharrsch

opus vermiculatum

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome | Opus vermiculatum is a method of laying mosaic tesserae to emphasise an outline around a subject. This can be of one or more rows and may also provide background contrast, eg as a shadow, sometimes with Opus tessellatum. The outline created is often light and offset by a dark background for greater contrast. The name opus vermiculatum literally means "worm-like work", and has been described as one of the most demanding and elaborate forms of mosaic work.

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 century BC - Rome's Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Italy

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

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

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…

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’.

Floor Mosaic Roundel: Dog & Gold Vessel ca. a high point in mosaic craft of the Greco-Roman world. Most tesserae are across, the technique is called "opus vermiculatum" or ‘wormy work’. Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria.

Mosaico Nilótico - Arte Romano, técnica del Opus Vermiculatum

Mosaico Nilótico - Arte Romano, técnica del Opus Vermiculatum

https://flic.kr/p/xzNmuw | Emblema in opus vermiculatum (micro tesserae), the panel above depicts a cat trying to catch a bird in flight, the lower panel shows two ducks one of which is holding a lotus flower, 1st century BC, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

https://flic.kr/p/xzNmuw | Emblema in opus vermiculatum (micro tesserae), the panel above depicts a cat trying to catch a bird in flight, the lower panel shows two ducks one of which is holding a lotus flower, 1st century BC, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

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, century AD, Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria

Opus vermiculatum in the National Museum is a floor mosaic with a cat and two ducks from the late Republican era, first quarter of the 1st century BC. House cats were considered to be both useful and reverent to Roman society.

Opus vermiculatum in the National Museum is a floor mosaic with a cat and two ducks from the late Republican era, first quarter of the century BC. House cats were considered to be both useful and reverent to Roman society.

Opus vermiculatum - (contorno +figura)

Opus vermiculatum - (contorno +figura)

-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

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

Definitions and explanations of terms to do with mosaics and mosaic making

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.

Emblema in opus vermiculatum (micro tesserae), the panel above depicts a cat trying to catch a bird in flight, the lower panel shows two ducks one of which is holding a lotus flower, 1st century BC, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

Rom, Nazionale Romano alle Terme (Palazzo Massimo), Mosaik aus der Gegend von Ceccignola (mosaic from the Ceccignola area)

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