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Basilica of Aquileia, Italy. www.mused-mosaik.de

Basilica of Aquileia, Italy. www.mused-mosaik.de

Roman mosaic showing the personification of a season: Autumn from Aquileia

Roman mosaic showing the personification of a season: Autumn from Aquileia

St Mark's Basilica Ceiling Mosaic (Basilica di San Marco) - Venice, Italy

St Mark's Basilica Ceiling Mosaic (Basilica di San Marco) - Venice, Italy

Aquileia, Italy - another detail of the 4th century CE mosaic  - sea life that recalls the Iktus (fish) acronym (Jesus Christ Son of God Saviour)

Aquileia, Italy - another detail of the 4th century CE mosaic - sea life that recalls the Iktus (fish) acronym (Jesus Christ Son of God Saviour)

Rom, Santa Maria in Trastevere, römisches Mosaik aus augusteischer Zeit (Roman mosaic of the Augustan period)

Rom, Santa Maria in Trastevere, römisches Mosaik aus augusteischer Zeit (Roman mosaic of the Augustan period)

Rom, Santa Maria in Trastevere, römisches Mosaik aus augusteischer Zeit (Roman mosaic of the Augustan period)

Rom, Santa Maria in Trastevere, römisches Mosaik aus augusteischer Zeit (Roman mosaic of the Augustan period)

Lamb of God mosaic from the vault of the presbytery of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, building began in 527 AD. Photo Nick Thompson

Lamb of God mosaic from the vault of the presbytery of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, building began in 527 AD. Photo Nick Thompson

Mosaic panel depicting Apollo and Daphne, from the Villa Torre de Palma near Monforte, 3rd-4th century AD, National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon, Portugal

Mosaic panel depicting Apollo and Daphne, from the Villa Torre de Palma near Monforte, 3rd-4th century AD, National Archaeology Museum of Lisbon, Portugal

Basilica of Aquileia, Italy (4th century CE). On the floor, the well preserved mosaic (4th/5th century)

Basilica of Aquileia, Italy (4th century CE). On the floor, the well preserved mosaic (4th/5th century)

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