Opus vermiculatum - (contorno +figura)

Opus vermiculatum - (contorno +figura)

Marine Life Mosaic from House VIII Pompeii demonstrating the vermiculatum technique Roman 2nd century BCE (6) by mharrsch, via Flickr

Marine Life Mosaic from House VIII Pompeii demonstrating the vermiculatum technique Roman c BCE by mharrsch

opus vermiculatum

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome | Opus vermiculatum is a method of laying mosaic tesserae to emphasise an outline around a subject. This can be of one or more rows and may also provide background contrast, eg as a shadow, sometimes with Opus tessellatum. The outline created is often light and offset by a dark background for greater contrast. The name opus vermiculatum literally means "worm-like work", and has been described as one of the most demanding and elaborate forms of mosaic work.

Central panel of a floor mosaic with a a striped cat attacking a bird on top and two ducks on the bottom - "Opus vermiculatum", Roman artwork of the late Republican era, first quarter of the century BC - Rome's Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Italy

Opus Vermiculatum Mosaic Pavement Depicting Dionysus (Bacchus) Roman 3rd century CE by mharrsch, via Flickr

Opus Vermiculatum Mosaic Pavement Depicting Dionysus (Bacchus) Roman 3rd century CE by mharrsch, via Flickr

Mosaic Opus Vermiculatum

Mosaic Opus Vermiculatum

opus vermiculatum---taken from the latin word 'worm.'  It refers to lines of tesserae that snake around a feature in the mosaic. Often 2-3 rows of opus vermiculatum appear like a halo around something in a mosaic picture, helping it stand out from the background.

opus vermiculatum---taken from the latin word 'worm.' It refers to lines of…

Mosaico Nilótico - Arte Romano, técnica del Opus Vermiculatum

Mosaico Nilótico - Arte Romano, técnica del Opus Vermiculatum

Mosaic emblema in opus vermiculatum from Centocelle (near Rome) depicting an intimate scene between a young woman and a man with a naked torso, 2nd century AD, Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria

Mosaic emblema in opus vermiculatum from Centocelle (near Rome) depicting an intimate scene between a young woman and a man with a naked torso, century AD, Vienna Kunsthistorisches Museum, Austria

A dog and a knocked-over gold vessel. Greco-Roman Museum, Alexandria, approx. 200-100 BC. The scene formed the center piece of a large mosaic floor. This period represents a high point in the mosaic craft in antiquity. Many of the tesserae (the little pieces of stone/glass) are only 1-2, mm across, which allows the mosaicist to achieve a painting-like effect.  This technique was known in antiquity as opus vermiculatum, or ‘wormy work’.

Floor Mosaic Roundel: Dog & Gold Vessel ca. a high point in mosaic craft of the Greco-Roman world. Most tesserae are across, the technique is called "opus vermiculatum" or ‘wormy work’. Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria.

La Battaglia di Alessandro e Dario. Mosaico in opus vermiculatum, tessere policrome. 100 a.C., dalla Casa del Fauno, Pompei.  Forse copia di un affresco di Filosseno di Eretria. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

The Alexander Mosaic, depicting Alexander the Great at the Battle of Issus, from the House of the Faun, Pompeii

Opus vermiculatum - definition in the mosaic glossary

Definitions and explanations of terms to do with mosaics and mosaic making

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River scene mosaic fragment found in Pompeii and now in the Naples Archeological museum. Originally, this was one element in a large floor m.

Crazy beautiful high quality opus vermiculatum mosaic from the library at Alexandria, thus Greek, not Roman. Also, this dog is an ancestor of Sparky.

Crazy beautiful high quality opus vermiculatum mosaic from the library at Alexandria, thus Greek, not Roman. Also, this dog is an ancestor of Sparky.

-2eS, Pompéi, Maison du Faune, Salle 34 Triclinium 1er STYLE  Opus Vermiculatum: EROS ailé avec emblèmes dionysiaques chevauchant un Lion. Emblèmes: Âge d'or (coupe) + Bonheur dionysiaque (vin). Tradition grecque de célébration du Banquet

-2eS, Pompéi, Maison du Faune, Salle 34 Triclinium 1er STYLE Opus Vermiculatum: EROS ailé avec emblèmes dionysiaques chevauchant un Lion. Emblèmes: Âge d'or (coupe) + Bonheur dionysiaque (vin). Tradition grecque de célébration du Banquet

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