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Contemporary writers on mosaicists, workshops, copybooks

CONTEMPORARY WRITERS ON MOSAICISTS, WORKSHOPS, COPYBOOKS

Copybooks

1. Bruni, M. G., 2009. The Monumental Villa at Palazzi di Casignana and the Roman Elite in Calabria (Italy) during the Fourth Century AD. Ph.D. USA: UC Berkeley.

'...it can be said with some confidence that all the floors that decorate the Villa at Palazzi di Casignana find close parallels more or less in some part of the Empire or other. This, in turn, would confirm that the mosaic workshops (officinae) all over the Roman world used copy-books (whatever form they took), which contained a collection of motifs and patterns that circulated widely among mosaicists. These craftsmen did not create a wholly original floor but most likely drew their designs from a shared repertoire while creating personal variations of popular patterns.'

For the full piece go to http://escholarship.org/uc/item/2jf6g36f#page-3    


2. Jones, P (2013). Veni, Vidi, Vici. London: Atlantic Press. p214.

'Only one contract survives for laying a mosaic. It instructs 'for the flower, follow the design provided by the royal palace'. No other reference is given to this in the book.