All roads lead to Rome

Fine antique micromosaic pendant with gold chain, around 1890

All roads lead to Rome, and in the middle of Rome lies the Roman Forum, the navel of the world. In fact, in ancient times there was a small temple here, the Umbilicus urbis, which was quite literally considered the navel of the city and the empire. Today, the splendor of the Roman Empire is gone, but among all the remains of that great civilization, some columns stand out: they are the remains of the temple of Vespasian and Titus, three columns about 15 meters high under a piece of beams, which for almost 2,000 years seem to defy the decay and the rigors of time, unimpressed. To seem, mind you: for in fact we have only been able to admire the columns, as shown in the fine micromosaic here, since 1811. Before that, they were almost two-thirds buried by earth and rubble. It was not until the beginning of the new century that they were uncovered, restored and fully visible again. The mosaic, which makes a cord setting of gilded silver for the pendant, was created at the end of the 19th century. A matching gold Venetian chain makes the pendant immediately wearable around the neck.

The origin of the art of micromosaic lies in Rome. Here, more precisely in the Vatican, a workshop for mosaics made of glass blocks existed since the 16th century. Initially, to protect the altarpieces in St. Peter's Basilica in a permanent form against candle soot, moisture and dirt, which the many pilgrims brought into the church. Later, after this task was completed, further copies of paintings were made as well as landscape representations in painting size. The idea of using this ultimately antique technique also for jewellery and for the decoration of craft objects arose at the end of the 18th century. Countless travellers from northern Europe arrived in the city as part of the Grand Tour, creating a huge demand for souvenirs. Not least to serve this market, a whole new art form emerged: micromosaics are small and portable, and were therefore particularly suited to being taken back home to the north. Since they also usually show the beauties of Rome or motifs from antiquity, their success as travel souvenirs is hardly surprising.

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