Mosaic Art - At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
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How the Tiles are to be laid out.
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Mosaic Art from the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
I have just returned from a trip to see some of the most amazing art I have ever seen before. I went to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in Missouri. It is said that there is a collection there of mosaic art, only second to that of Italy. It is a massive amount of gorgeous mosaic art.
This particular mosaic art was interesting to hear about. It is quite a tedious process, and each tiny little piece ends up being a "sandwich" of glass, so to speak. There are three layers in each piece. First, a thin layer of glass, then the tile or gold leaf that makes up the middle or color part, and the last thin layer of glass on top.
I share a photo here of how the artists map out an example of where they will end up putting the tiles. I thought that was rather interesting, and made sense once I saw it. A very key part of the process.
After adhering it in a very particular pattern on the wall, they tap on the piece to give it a slightly "off" feel to it. You don't want each piece to look like the one right next to it, and it will catch the light a bit differently, for example. When you look closely at mosaics, you can find this to be true, and its part of what makes them so utterly beautiful.
They had every color imaginable represented there, and different styles as well, including Italian, which was less vibrant yet more pastel than the other styles of mosaic. Our docent showed us an example of the color of blue, where she pointed out several shades and hues of blues in one area. It was so gorgeous.
Shown here are mosaics taken all from one location, but at different distances. Some will be more of a close up shot, where you can see the pieces rather distinctly. Some will be farther away, yet you can still tell a mosaic. Yet others, will appear to be paintings, and they are just stunning.
Parts of this cathedral and the mosaics within are further than 14 stories away, from top to bottom. While I didn't have a tripod with me, and I was trying to be rather quick, you will see that there is a bit of blurring going on, but you can get the idea.
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It is very worth going to visit any place that has mosaic art, as it is so beautiful. One source said that this is the biggest collection of mosaic art in the world, but as I shared before it makes more sense what our tour guide said, that it is likely the second. There is an article written in a newspaper long ago, and it said, "The Rome of the West." This might be a stretch, but I share it with you that you might get a feel for just how amazing it is.
I have never seen anything quite like this before.
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