Palazzo Massimo: Mosiacs

In addition to its sculpture, an important part of the collection of Roman antiquities at Palazzo Massimo is the mosaics.

I always have a soft spot in my heart for geometric mosaics and tessellations.

Beautifully preserved cube floor mosaic

 

A simple but lovely pattern

 

Love the subtle color changes in this more intricate one, giving it a 3D look

Some mosaics give you the feeling of being in a garden, surrounded by flowers, watching the birds hop about.

A bird on flowers, with other birds on baths

 

More birds, with a decorative border

 

A floral border, again with a bit of a 3D effect

 

A simple but elegant vegetative border

 

Scattered, stylized flowers among a complex web of triangles, squares, diamonds, and hexagons

 

Lucious fruit

The simple monochromatic mosaics are lovely and sometimes humorous:

One of the seasons, personified

 

Fishermen on a boat, underneath which is…

 

…. a crocodile

Romans really liked their sea creatures, some of them mythical.

A dolphin and a funny looking fish

 

A half-bull, half-fish creature

 

Another crazy sea-creature

 

Love these detailed fish

More detailed mosaics have exquisite colors and depictions.

A mosaic centerpiece of Bacchus

 

The god Dionysus fighting Indians

 

The elegant, winged goddess Nike

 

A proud charioteer with his horse

 

A theatrical mask

I love this last one. ¬†Apparently, cats haven’t changed much in the last 2,000 years!

A grey tabby cat and some ducks