This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Micromosaic art

The minute mosaic is a technique that was born in Rome, in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Originally it developed at the “Fabbrica di San Pietro”, for the conservation of the paintings of the Basilica it self.The minute mosaic lent itself to the perfect copy of the paintings exhibited there, given the many shades of color and the variety of the shapes of the weave.

When the work was finished in San Pietro the numerous artisans found themselves unemployed, many decided to exploit their skills making jewels, for which the yarn lent itself in a particular way, reduced the measures in a relevant way. Some of them created real miniature masterpieces. So many artisan shops arose in the Eternal City, the article was particularly appreciated by foreign tourists, who brought home the micro mosaics as souvenirs.

Today the micro mosaic technique is known by a small number of artists and is not particularly widespread. Numerous collectors remain, especially in the Anglo-Saxon countries. In the goldsmith industry the micro mosaic continues to be used but remains a niche sector due to the high costs of the manufactured articles.

 

Breve storia del mosaico filato

Il mosaico minuto o filato è una tecnica che nasce a Roma, nella seconda metà del Settecento..

All’origine si sviluppò presso la ”Fabbrica di San Pietro”, per la conservazione dei dipinti della Basilica stessa. Il mosaico filato si prestava alla copia perfetta dei quadri in essa esposti, date le molteplici sfumature di colore e la varietà delle forme delle tessere.

Ultimato il lavoro a San Pietro i numerosi artigiani si ritrovarono disoccupati, molti decisero di sfuttare la loro abilità realizzando gioielli, per i quali il filato si prestava in modo particolare, ridussero le misure in modo rilevante. Alcuni di loro crearono veri e propri capolavori in miniatura. Sorsero così nella città eterna numerose botteghe artigiane, l’articolo fu particolarmente apprezzato dai turisti stranieri, che riportavano in patria i micromosaici a mò di souvenir.

Oggi la tecnica del micromosaico è conosciuta da un esiguo numero di artisti e non particolarmente diffusa. Restano numerosi collezionisti soprattutto nei paesi anglosassoni. Nell’oreficeria si continua ad utilizzare il micromosaico ma resta un settore di nicchia dati i costi elevati dei manufatti.

 

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  1. Zeus69

    Thanks for the great article @Barbara, Love the mosaics, such an art, sadly these artists eventually disappear and the profession is lost. Beautiful, my daughter would love to have a few of these small mosaics, she loves pretty little things.
    Thanks and Regards,
    Mark (Zeus69)

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