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Unformatted text preview: Sometimes, like the tesserae that you see in this modern image of an Israeli mosaicist, the tesserae were quite large. But the examples we’re going to see in a moment were made with extremely small tesserae—some of which are about half the size of your smallest fingernail! As you’ll see, mosaic artists used an incredible array of colors in order to create stunning three‐dimensional effects. We’re going to look first at a mosaic from Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli followed by a famous mosaic from a triclinium showing an unswept floor that was found in a wealthy home on the Aventine hill in Rome. 12 The decoration of Hadrian’s villa was very rich, as you saw from our look at the Canopus. In addition to sculpture and architectural ornament, the villa complex was decorated with expensive colored marble veneers and mosaics. One of the finest surviving mosaics from the villa is now in the Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. As you can see, this mosaic depicts a battle between centaurs and wild animals. It is thought that this mosaic relates to a painting by the Greek artist Zeuxis, who lived aro...
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