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Italian Micromosaic of Gamblers
- A friendly game of cards is the subject of this 19th-century Italian micromosaic
- The work exhibits a remarkable degree of precision and intricacy in its construction
- It is rendered using incredibly small pieces of tesserae, or glass tiles
- One of the most labor-intensive artforms in the world, micromosaics are exceptional rarities
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The work represents a decisive change in tastes in Italian paintings in the late 19th century. While a small group of artists known as the Macchiaioli strayed from convention, the art market was almost entirely dominated by genre paintings that captured everyday scenes of contemporary Italian life. Mosaicists similarly adopted these highly marketable subjects, which were often anecdotal, festive or sentimental in tone. Carefree elderly couples, school children at play, knights and obliging maids — these were the preferred subjects of the 19th-century mosaicists, and they remain equally compelling to this day.
13 3/4" high x 11 1/4" wide
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