ARTE ROMANO Obra: Medusa Estilo: Mosaico opus vermiculatum Siglos: II Y III d.C Galería: Museo Arqueológico de Tarragona Características: Realizado en piedras pequeñas, que perfeccionan la imagen y concentran mayor cantidad de colores.

ARTE ROMANO Obra: Medusa Estilo: Mosaico opus vermiculatum Siglos: II Y III d.C Galería: Museo Arqueológico de Tarragona Características: Realizado en piedras pequeñas, que perfeccionan la imagen y concentran mayor cantidad de colores.

opus vermiculatum

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

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.

Some techniques used in mosaic design, showing different ways of laying out mosaic tiles.

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 century BCE.

In 5th-century Britain, cats helped humans survive winter by killing pests who stole grain. Romans introduced housecats to Britain in the 1st century.Those cats descended from the Near Eastern wildcats that hunted mice in granaries 10,000 years ago. Greek monks who came to Europe brought cats with them to share their cells. One of the most delightful poems about a churchman’s relationship with his pet is the 9th century “Pangur Ban.”

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

Floor mosaic depicting birds, fish and fruit basket. Opus vermiculatum, Roman artwork of the end of the Ist century AD/begin of the Ist century BC. National Museum of Rome.

Floor mosaic depicting birds, fish and fruit basket. Opus vermiculatum, Roman artwork of the end of the Ist century BC/begin of the Ist century AD. National Museum of Rome.

200-100 BCE Alexandria Egypt. Floor Mosaic Roundel: A Dog & An Overturned Gold Vessel. The quality is fantastic, and this period represents a high point in the mosaic craft in the Greco-Roman world. Many of the tesserae are only 1-2mm across, which allows the mosaicist to achieve a painterly effect. The technique is called "opus vermiculatum", or ‘wormy work’. The Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria. I can't help but wonder if this wasn't the inspiration for RCA Victor's "His Master's Voice".

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Mosaic floor depicting a dog and a knocked-over gold vessel, Alexandria, approx. This scene formed the center piece of a large mosaic floor.

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

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

EUROPA ON THE BULL / ROM. MOSAIC / C1 AD. Mythology / Europa. Roman, 1st half of 1st century AD. Mosaic after a painting by Antiphilos (?) – “Europa on the Bull”.  (Zeus in the form of a bull abducts Europa, her father Agenor above). Opus vermiculatum, 85 × 84.5cm. Found: Praeneste.

EUROPA ON THE BULL / ROM. MOSAIC / C1 AD. Mythology / Europa. Roman, 1st half of 1st century AD. Mosaic after a painting by Antiphilos (?) – “Europa on the Bull”. (Zeus in the form of a bull abducts Europa, her father Agenor above). Opus vermiculatum, 85 × 84.5cm. Found: Praeneste.

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

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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