ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ   TKSST is observing a slow July posting schedule. Back at it in August. Happy summer!
The Kid Should See This

How micromosaics are made

It would be easy to mistake a ‘Micromosaic’ for a painting: put together from thousands of minute and very fine glass pieces, the finished product is characterised by such an astonishing level of detail that makes it difficult to believe that the scene had not been painted with a brush.

Watch how micromosaics, an art form that thrived in Italy from 1775 into the 19th century, are painstakingly created from tesserae cut from long glass strands called smalti filati. A mosaic artisan recreates a small section of a 1850s mosaic table in this Victoria and Albert Museum video.

gilbert collection - micromosaic recreation
gilbert collection - micromosaic recreation
gilbert collection - micromosaic recreation
The Flora and Two Sicilies by painter and mosaicist Michaelangelo Barberi “was commissioned by the Russian Tsar Nicholas I (reigned 1825-55), and shows the profile of his daughter Olga in the centre.” It’s one of many exquisite pieces in the Gilbert Collection at the V&A.

gilbert collection mosaic recreation
Next: Ceramic artist Michelle Erickson recreates an 18th-century agateware teapot, Tableaux Vivants: Caravaggio paintings performed live, and moving and restoring an ancient Greek mosaic.

This feature is being tested. Saves will disappear if you clear cookies. Find saved videos here.

🌈 Related videos

Elements of Art and Design for BBC Scotland

Rion Nakaya

Maarten Koopman animates six famous paintings

Rion Nakaya

Magic Lantern Slides

Rion Nakaya

How the V&A recreated an 18th-century Mechanical Theatre

Rion Nakaya

3D scanning and printing artifacts at the V&A

Rion Nakaya

Tableaux Vivants: Caravaggio paintings performed live

Rion Nakaya

Doro Ottermann’s Magic Artbox Animations

Rion Nakaya

Visit to Picasso: Watch Pablo Picasso painting on glass (1949)

Rion Nakaya

Ceramic artist Michelle Erickson recreates an 18th-century agateware teapot

Rion Nakaya

 
Browse the TKSST Video Collections

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe