Aureate

“Coronation of the Virgin” (1130–1143), Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

Aureate: denoting, made of, or having the color of gold.

Join Paula at Lost in Translation for her Thursday’s Special Pick a Word Challenge 2020-3. Chose one or more of the five words featured in the challenge.

Standing Out in a Crowd

Detail of art work hanging in Kaiser Permanente Anaheim lobby, glass and porcelain, Dance of Life, Irina Charny, 2012

Join the Life Captured Photo Prompt: Odd One Out

Connecting The Tiles

Mosaic Ceiling Tiles

Detail of Ceiling Mosaic, Billards Room, The Breakers, Newport, Rhode Island

The Billiards Room ceiling was designed in the style of ancient Rome, with marble, alabaster, and other semi-precious stones covering the walls, floor, and ceiling. Mosaics one the ceiling included sea motifs.  Dolphins, which can be found as decorative elements in several rooms, are an ancient symbol of hospitality. The room was designed by the architect Richard Morris Hunt.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bird

Bird House

Roman mosaic tile floor, House of the Birds, 2nd-century, Italica, Spain

Italica, a Roman colony in western Andalusia, was founded in 206 BCE as a settlement for Roman soldiers. Italica rose to prominence in the 1st- and 2nd-centuries, during the reigns of the Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian, both of whom were born in Italica. Several 2nd-century houses, with elaborate mosaic floors, have been excavated in the Hadrianic city (new city). The floor in the House of the Bird Mosaic consists of 35 small squares, each containing a different bird, surrounding a larger, central scene. According to our tour guide, the center square was stolen.  Because it was never built over, this elite quarter is unusually well-preserved, with  remains of spacious houses, cobbled streets, an aqueduct, and a sewer/drainage system. Portions of the drains can still be seen.

 

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Color Your World: Green

Green, Green, It’s Green The Say

Tile decoration in the City Palace, Udipur, India

Mosaic peacock tail with 3-D head, City Palace, Udaipur, India

Jennifer’s Color Your World Challenge: Green

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