Addicted to tile

I have found the crown jewel of many kitchens is the application of tile and mosaics. Stone, ceramic, metal or glass tile … I love them all! This fascination started about eight years ago and grew into a hobby which, although still a novice, has made me truly appreciate mosaic artists and their creations.

Even more intriguing to me are the old cathedrals and mosques with their elaborate mosaics. On a recent trip to Italy, I was able to see beautiful medieval mosaic art as I darted in and out of Rome, Siena, and Florence. Although I did not visit the renowned city of Ravenna (maybe next time), I was able to view the most beautiful mosaics I have ever seen.

Here are a few photographs of my favorites:

 

The floor of the Vatican Museum

The floor of the Vatican Museum

 

Expansive mosaics on the ceiling of the church and the San Zeno Chapel Basilica di Santa Prassede in Rome

Expansive mosaics on the ceiling of the church and the San Zeno Chapel Basilica di Santa Prassede in Rome

 

Doumo di Siena. The mosaic floors are covered for 10 months of the year, but a friend pointed out that we would be there during the unveiling. Fantastic!

Doumo di Siena. The mosaic floors are covered for 10 months of the year, but a friend pointed out that we would be there during the unveiling. Fantastic!

 

Duomo di Siena

Duomo di Siena

 

Battistero di San Giovanni in Florence. This baptistery has a mosaic ceiling dating back to 1225 depicting many stories of the bible. Absolutely jaw dropping!

Battistero di San Giovanni in Florence. This baptistery has a mosaic ceiling dating back to 1225 depicting many stories of the Bible. Absolutely jaw dropping!

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