Puzzled

2 Jul
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Parc Güell

Happy Monday! It was a weekend which ended in rain, thunder and cooling temperatures, as well as football madness here. How was your weekend? Today we’re going to get puzzled. Yes, puzzled! But not in a bad way. Quite the contrary, for I’m sharing examples of Barcelona’s mosaics with you. Ready?

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Parc Güell

Hugely popular in Barcelona’s Modernisme period, mosaics were widely used to decorate many of the buildings that were constructed at this time. Famous examples among these are of course Antoni Gaudí’s Parc Güell and Sagrada Familia.

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Sagrada Familia

But there are many other, lesser known example to be found around town. Just check out the impressive mosaic on the portico of this church (below) in a very classical mosaic style, and where ample use has been made of golden tesserae. As you can see in the image above, Gaudí also used these, albeit in a more subtle manner.

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Carrer Roger de Llúria

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Plaça de la Virreina

Another church (above, this one in Gràcia) and another portico, showing quite a different and much simpler mosaic to inform us that this church belongs to the St John’s parish. More examples of mosaics can be found in many of the palaces that are dotted around Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella and Eixample districts, such as the mosaic above, that can be found at the Palau Mornau, which houses the Hemp Museum Gallery. By the look of it, the tesserae have been made of lime stone cuttings in various colours.

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Palau Mornau

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Avinguda Diagonal

Mosaics can be merely decorative or figurative (above) like these pretty ceramic ones, depicting cascading flowers, or the more subtle blue and beige tulips below…

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La Rambla

… but they can also be used in an informative way, for example as a shop sign, like this cute one, below. How very sweet, to chose a snail with rain falling on it, as the logo for the business that was once housed on these premises. See how it has been puzzled together with very small tesserae? It seems apt to wrap up this post with a rainy mosaic, just as my weekend ended in rain.

Tomorrow I have other things in store for you. I hope you’ll check in!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Mallorca

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4 Responses to “Puzzled”

  1. anakirana July 2, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    i lovee that art of floor! like MOROCCO style

    • Lisette July 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

      Glad you like it!! Mind you, it is not only found on floors – most of the examples I’ve shown here are actually to be found on walls!

      • anakirana July 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

        hahaha yaa!! it also found as window and lamp. :)

      • Lisette July 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

        Oh definitely, and table tops, cabinet decorations, etc…

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