In this artistic adventure... no paint or canvas... but intrigue and history of mosaic. My second and final mosaic "masterpiece" was this 42 inch table, a labor of love, that was adopted by my son as his kitchen table. After planning the geometrics, each square was cut, adhered, and grouted on a clear glass tabletop.
Now let's visit the work of a Byzantine mosaicist. Shown is the Jerusalem section of a much larger map.
"The Madaba Mosaic Map is a unique piece of art realised in 6th cent. A.D. (Jordan). The mosaic represents the biblical land from Egypt to Lebanon, including Sinai, Israel, Palestine, and Transjordan. The mosaicist conceived and carried out his masterwork with great topographical skill and biblical knowledge. The Madaba Mosaic map is deemed by some scholars to be the best topographic representation ever done before modern cartography. As a source of biblical topography the map is fully comparable with the well-known treatise on the biblical places written in Greek about 395 A.D. by the historian Eusebius of Caesarea and translated into Latin by Jerome about 490 A.D.Our aim is to present the richness of this little known masterpiece of art , religion and science to all people interested in the biblical places or just in the best achievements of humanity. " Eugenio Alliata
If you are inclined toward maps, mosaics, or time travel...here's your link...