Saturday, October 21, 2006

Villa Romana del Casale

A very well preserved white lily inside a black hexagon inside a white six-pointed star from late 3rd century in the northern part of the villa Romana del Casale, in the town of Piazza Armerina in the province of Enna, Sicily. 
African artists who were renowned for their expertise in polychrome mosaics probably made these mosaics. This villa has nearly 50 rooms and the mosaics in it cover an area of 3500 square meters. 
Picture is courtesy of "reziemba" from Flickr.

1 comment:

zeevveez said...

Read: Wilson Roger, Piazza Armerina, 1983, p. 44
"Indeed Gentili has indicated that most of the tesserea used in Piazza Armerina are made of African, not Sicilian, stones".