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Micromosaics: Highlights from the Gilbert Collection

Heike Zech



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V & A Publishing
07 January 2019
History of Art & Design Styles; Mosaics: artworks; Exhibition catalogues & specific collections; Antique furniture & furniture collecting
From a distance, micromosaics appear like paintings; it is only on closer inspection that the intricate patterns of tesserae (the tiny pieces of stone, tile, or glass used to create the mosaic) become apparent. Some of the most virtuosic examples of this art appear in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Gilbert Collection. Sir Arthur Gilbert was credited with coining the term micromosaics and this superlative collection includes pieces ranging from portraits to table tops. Illustrated with stunning photography, this new book explores the technical aspects of making micromosaics as well as the cultural atmosphere in which such pieces first flourished during the late 18th century. Author Heike Zech traces their evolution through the 19th century until the technique virtually vanished in the early 1900s.
By:   Heike Zech
Imprint:   V & A Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 165mm,  Width: 165mm, 
ISBN:   9781851779703
ISBN 10:   1851779701
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   07 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Heike Zech is former curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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