Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Mosaics in the J. Paul Getty Museum

By Alexis Belis
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With an introduction by Christine Kondoleon, and contributions by Nicole Budrovich, Kenneth Lapatin, and Sean Leatherbury

In Roman decor, elaborate mosaics transformed entire rooms into spectacular settings of vibrant color, figural imagery, and abstract design. Intricate patterns and narrative scenes were created by setting tesserae—small pieces of stone or glass—into floors and walls. The mosaics in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum span the second through the sixth centuries AD and reveal the diversity of compositions found throughout the empire during this period. Recovered from various archaeological contexts, these mosaics provide a glimpse into the richly embellished architecture of the ancient world.

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Table of Contents
  • Title Page
  • Contents
  • Director's Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Catalogue
  • Italy
  • 1. Mosaic Floor with Head of Medusa
  • 2. Mosaic Floor with Bear Hunt
  • Gaul
  • 3. Mosaic Floor with Orpheus and Animals
  • Villelaure: History of the Excavations
  • 4. Mosaic Floor with Combat between Dares and Entellus
  • North Africa
  • 5. Mosaic of a Lion Attacking an Onager
  • Syria
  • 6. Mosaic Floor with Achilles and Briseis
  • Antioch and the Bath of Apolausis: History of the Excavations
  • 7. Mosaic Floor with Animals
  • 8. Mosaic Panel with Griffin
  • 9–19. Mosaic Panels with Animals
  • 20. Mosaic Panel with Head of a Season
  • 21. Mosaic Panel with Two Male Busts
  • References Cited
  • Glossary
  • Contributors
  • Index
  • Copyright
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