Mosaics of Pompei

Rare mosaics of Pompei can be seen nicely in National museum of Naples. In the ruins of Pompei can be seen some same mosaics as copies but the real ones are in National museum. They have been very important artifacts to learn how Roman people decorated their homes. Of course only rich ones had possibility to buy really beautiful mosaics done by best artists. Mainly in Pompei the artist were creek origin, because Pompei used to be part of creek southern Italy and also creeks were known to be expert in this field. From mosaics one can find some details which are done from very tiny stone parts. This way mosaics can be created very much like real life looking. Some poorer mosaics are done from bigger stone parts, which means they may be done by locals. Of course it is totally depending from the artists talents how well one can create details. Some of the mosaics are really masterpieces and done extremely exact taking account the e.g. shadows. Yes – and indeed they are really beautiful! Below is the summary of most beautiful from museum of Naples.

This mosaic below is one of the best known. It describes actors or musicians playing for their audience. Very very exact and lively work. The guy playing tambourine is my favorite.
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Again mosaics showing actors playing. It can be seen from nice mask on the face of the guy on right.
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Here we can see a mosaic where character is done from rather big stone pieces. Not very fine but still very nice.
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The next one is made with very nice colors and many small details. Excellent work!
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This one is also very well done by using nicely colors and small details. There seems to be a group of men spending time.
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This masterpiece is probably the most famous mosaic. It describes kind of balance of man. Every one has same value in death – rich or poor!
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The next one has kind of humor in it’s concept. A cat is looking birds bathing and drinking water. I guess cat is thinking – how could I get those birds? A kind of Roman humor? Probably…
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Well – of cause this is the most famous mosaic in Pompei. A battle scenery from Macedonian and Persian war. In this piece Alexander the great is attacking boldly against Dareios – king of Persia. And again how small and exact details everywhere… There are some talks which battle this is actually presenting – river Issus or Granicus.

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Here is a detail from work – Even a mirror picture on shield is created by artist. Very exact!

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Here we see a comfortable mosaic describing nature. Very typical for Romans. Ducks and birds doing their things on lake. Kind of very comforting.

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Here again nature but this time about sea and fishes. Many different kind of sea life in this mosaic. Look again how nicely figures and colors are used in this masterpiece. Artist have really known his business…

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This is kind of funny and well known mosaic. It is actually a sign in front of house – be aware of dog! So whoever saw it knew that this house is guarded by dog. I must say this is a warning sign everybody will se an understands it. Much better than small letters in sign.

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Here everything linked to everyday life – sea food, birds, ducks, fishes and the cat. This time cat seem to be lucky and has caught a bird. Probably same artist as earlier mosaic where cat was.

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This work is full of colors and details. Middle seem to be kind of actor mask. Many ways an excellent and imaginary work!

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Again mosaic which idea is taken from nature. Animals, birds and even snake.

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This mosaic is too imaginary for me. Don’t really know what happens but maybe it has something to do with gods and fairies…

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Here we see probably a pigeon doing something. This work is done fro little bigger pieces. So it is not as fine as some others – still very nice.

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Next one is again a really masterpiece. Probably all possible sea creatures described in one floor mosaic. Really brilliant! And middle seem to be octopussy and below a very big fish.

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This work is not in very good condition anymore – but probably have been a nice mosaic in round floor.

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This one is a good example of more cheap work where stone pieces are big and details are not very exact and many sided.

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Finally birds – pigeons – drinking water from water pot.