Mesmerizing beauty and mystery of ancient mythology captured through mosaic art
(4 min read) Mythology and lore created by those who came before us remain fascinating and awe-inspiring in modern times. Whether if it is Greek, Roman, Nordic, Celtic, Slavic, or any other, mythology has always been shrouded in mystery and disbelief. We are always so eager to think we’ve come a long way moving past all of that colorful and picturesque polytheism, but have we really?
We often tend to forget that mythology as we know it came to be because our ancestors were simply trying to make some sense of the world around them, and in that sense aren’t we doing the same to this day? Keeping that in mind it is no wonder that we find any mythological artwork interesting and awe-inspiring. Books such as Circe by Madeline Miller and Lore by Alexandra Bracken are huge successes, and hip-hop tracks such as “Zeus” by Eminem and “I’m a Greek god” by Nacho Picasso are blasting through headphones of teenagers all around the world.
When it comes to mosaic art, mythology has always been an integral component of its history and you can’t really talk about the legacy of the mosaic without mentioning some of the works that to this day grace the ruins of old temples built by ancient civilizations.
Ancient gods and goddesses
All ancient civilizations have either gods and goddesses or mythical leaders and forces that brought the world into existence. People turned to them in times of natural disasters or other troubles, they prayed to their gods for good harvests, more rain, or war victories. They built temples to honor them, adorning them with statues, pictures, and glorious mosaic artworks depicting their faces and often muscular bodies. Some of the most beautiful mosaic artworks are made to depict deities and their powers.
One of the most frequently depicted mythological figures in mosaic art was and still is — mermaids. These half-fish, half-humans were a huge part of the vast European folklore. According to old legends, they were natural beings with prophetic and magical powers. One of their main features were their glorious singing voices which they used to attract the sailor into their untimely deaths. Even today, people still believe that the mermaids do indeed exist, but they are hiding in the depths of Mariana Trench far away from the prying eyes of humans. These days, mermaids can most often be seen as mischievous mosaic figures on bottoms of outdoor and indoor pools, bathroom backsplashes, or aquariums.
Hunt and war scenes
Scenes from hunt and war involving some of the mythological creatures were also often recreated through mosaic artwork and they are still awe-inspiring to this day. You will often walk into a lobby of an office building just to be greeted by a floor mosaic depicting one of medusas conquests or centaurs with their bows and arrows ready.
If you are intrigued by some of these marvelous mosaic masterpieces and you decide to add something mystifying and anciently divine into your own space don’t hesitate to contact us. Aside from being amazingly talented craftspeople, our mosaicists are also experts in depicting old legends and myths. Some of the finest works in our catalog came straight out of the most colorful lore of the ancient world.
I always enjoyed learning about ancient mythology. I also read a lot of fantasy books based around it so I really like these mosaics. The artwork is stunning!
These scenes are so cool. Mosaic or not, I love art history.
This is an interesting list of amazing art designs! I find that much culture is shown through art. My fav is the mermaid.
I love that the mosaics have such a history and story to them!
These are beautiful, and It is so nice to have these arts on my wall.
Ooh, Neptune looks very well built on that mosaic
Informative post! Marble mosaic artwork caught my eye. Peaceful!
Such a wide range of history based pieces of mosaic art. I love the various colours and styles used.
Always love MYTHOLOGY and this is very new since mosaic art is something we also enjoy and love. there is always something mesmerizing about mythology.
I never knew that mosaics did an amazing job making realism happen with mythology pictures These are some great pieces!
Mosaics are some of the amazing ways to experience other person’s reflection on life. The above examples prove it.
I absolutely love mythology, I find these lovely!
These mosaics in particular all seem to tell a story. Mosaics can be so beautiful.
These mosaics are not only a work of art but just stunning to look at especially since the are Roman inspired and historically inspired
These ones aren’t as nice as some of the ones you have shared but I can see them in an outside courtyard.
These are beautiful and remind me of when I have visited some Roman ruins and things before x
Mosaic art is so beautiful. I don’t know if could be used as kitchen or bathroom tile, but I feel that it would be so pretty. Thanks for sharing.
Wow I didn’t know that mosaics were so historical!
The second one creeped me out but the mermaid one called my name. It was pretty!
Mythology is so interesting! These mosaics are beautiful; I see each as a visualization of someone’s perspective of the world around them.
Wow, these are wonderful! So intricate and arty, I love them.
There are so many different mosaics to see and discover. Some of them really tell a story.
I love history and these are all amazing, these mosaics are so beautiful
I absolutely love mythology and love these beautiful mosaic designs! They are stunning and beautiful!
The details of these are so incredible. I am in awe of the artistry of all of these!
Love those mosaics. And, man how much history and stories they have in them!
SO MUCH APPRECIATION for everything! I especially enjoy Greek mythology so i actually enjoyed the mosaic art you shared