Author Archives: The Mosaic

The Mosaic was built in the Second Century A.D. in North Africa. Such floors often decorated the homes of wealthy Roman citizens. The size of this mosaic suggests that it may have been in a house’s atrium (a colonnaded court, partially open to the sky) covering a well where rainwater was collected. As the water flowed over the mosaic, the brightly colored stone and green glass tiles of the geometric and floral patterns would have sparkled. The Mosaic eventually made its way to Urbanna, Italy, where it was purchased in 1979. It came to the Museum as a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hanes. (The Mosaic is given voice on the blog by Nathan Johnson.)


Follow Our Journey: New Stories to Tell

The Mosaic meets the Kiefer and waxes poetic once again

Follow Our Journey: Mosaic Poetry

The Mosaic waxes poetic on place, time and change.

Follow Our Journey: The Story of the Mosaic

Our Roman Mosaic shares a poetic, long-term perspective on the move to the new building.