The art of mosaic lived its greatest splendor between the IV and VIII Century. Today there is still a great interest in this form of art. Mosaics produce wonderful visual effects, and one of the great advantages is that a mosaic can get installed outside and its bright colors will never fade away.

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With the triumph of Christianity and the consequent building of Christian Churches mural mosaic becomes one of the highest forms of sacred art. The art of mosaic lived its greatest splendor during the IV and VIII Century. Major evidence of this can be seen in Rome, Constantinople, Ravenna and later in Venice. The two mosaic styles known today as “Roman” and “Byzantine” originate in this period of time. In the Byzantine age mosaics were made from colored glass, gold and mother of pearl which gave them an incomparable beauty. Without doubt, that was the most significant era of mosaics. The small little pieces used to make a mosaic are called “tesserae”. They can be either in glass or marble. On the one hand, marble tesserae have the advantage of being much harder so better for floor mosaics, but on the other hand the variety of colors is not as large as in glass. Artistic tesserae are still produced by hand on the island of Murano (near Venice, Italy), home of the artistic glass mosaic. Colors are melted directly into the glass, which gets flattened out to cool down before finally cut into many small pieces. The entire procedure is done by hand, making the glass tesserae extremely valuable. One of the greatest advantages of mosaics is that it can be installed outdoors, neither sun nor rain can affect the colors. In fact, we can still admire mosaics that are thousands of years old. In the past few years great architects and famous artists have taken interest in and have drawn closer to this millenary expression of art, proposing mural decoration to embellish and enhance religious buildings.


The Demetz Art Studio already started supplying mosaics a few decades ago. If you provide us with ideas, images or drawings we can elaborate them into magnificent artistic mosaics for indoor and outdoor use.

Also the combination of statues with mosaics result in great artistic expressions.  

Together with your architect, builder or designer we will find the best realization and easiest mounting solution.


A great advantage of a mosaic is that it can be installed outdoors, the elements such as sun or rain do not affect the colors. In fact, we can still admire mosaics that are thousands of years old. Even if they have been under water for ages they still preserved. Just recently a team of underwater archaeologists have discovered a mosaic in the submerged ruins of Baiae, a Roman town on the shore of the Gulf of Naples, Italy.

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Last supper

Classic paintings, such as this Last Supper by Philippe de Champaigne, can be used as an inspiration for the realization of a wall mosaic. There is a long tradition of such works executed by accurate and experienced artisans. Here the mosaic is made of tesserae, which are small pieces of brilliant colored glass, ceramic, enamels, or even genuine 24 carat gold on glass, cut in a cubical or other regular shape and then applied one next to the other keeping a precise spacing between them. All this procedure is done by hand.