Follow the journey of Byzantine mosaics in Rome's basilicas

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There are many ways to visit the Eternal City. And one artist has organized a new way of experiencing Rome: through the mosaics found in the churches and basilicas of the city. Nina Veres worked as a mosaicist in the Church of Santa Sava in Belgrade. This was her first experience seeing how art can represent the sacred.

She created a moasic tour in Rome. It lasts 8.5 hours and can be split into two days. The tour goes from the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza to the Basilica of St. Agnes outside the walls, passing through St. Mary Major, the Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian and the Basilica of Santa Prassede.

Veres recommends dedicating some extra time to an image inside the Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian.


Jesus Christ, He is standing on a beautiful cloud. These clouds are like fire; they are like clouds on a sunset with the intense color. This is breathtaking, so I liked this mosaic a lot.
I was alone. There was nothing between me and mosaics and God and it was wonderful. I was incredibly happy there in this small silent place with the unique atmosphere and with this ancient gold which was like a divine light.

While Roman mosaics are displayed on the floor, in Byzantine churches, they are featured on walls or ceilings. Veres says the pigmented pieces of glass or tile are cut into different sizes. The larger ones are used for ceiling and wall mosaics because they can be seen from farther away. The smaller ones are used for the floor mosaics, since they are more detailed when seen up close.


Byzantine mosaics, they are about a conversation with God mostly because it's a religious art. The meaning of Byzantine art expresses this relationship because in Byzantine art a lot of gold is used because gold is very important, almost all backgrounds in Byzantine art are made of gold, different shades of gold because it's a symbol of divine light.

Veres grew up in a family of artists. Her father was a painter and she grew up watching him work. She now devotes herself entirely to creating mosaics. Among her exhibitions, she participated with artist Giulio Menossi.


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