Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

mosaic A decoration created by setting small pieces of glass, stone, or marble in a matrix- often concrete. Wall mosaics were most prevelent in the Early Christian and Byzantine periods, during which they were a very important form of wall decoration.

See also tessera
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Detail from apse mosaic,
(Church of la Sainte-Trinité)

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