Essay about The Modern World Is The Mosaic
Mosaics in the ancient world required incredibly specialized artisans and a large amount of materials. The various requirements translate into mosaics being an expensive luxury of the rich and were quite a bit pricier than their common counterpart, the common fresco. So why were mosaics used to in place of the cheaper fresco?
The rigidity of mosaics materials is the key to the puzzle. When compared to frescos, the tesserae and the mortar all provide a stronger structure to the walls than the relative fragility that frescos provide with their plaster layers. The rigid shell formed by mosaics tiles was not only useful to strengthen the walls, but also to create a durable floor decoration. This was obviously more durable than frescos as floor decoration, although there are some examples of frescos used as flooring. (Ling)
Interestingly, it is the floor mosaics that have survived through history to today. Their survival…