As I looked I also frequently thought, "I wonder what Barbara would think of that?" or "I bet Barbara would love this." Or, "That looks like a quilt Barbara might make or a painting she might paint." Since Barbara had her hands full back in Florence with her energetic two-year old son, Jamie, I took more details of mosaic floors and walls than I probably ever have in the hopes of capturing something of that excitement I was sure Barbara would feel were she there as well.
Although mosaics really need to be seen in person to fully appreciate their qualities, here in this post I pass along some images...here's to you Barbara. I look forward to our glass of wine in Greensboro post-Italy and a lively conversation about early medieval abstraction and its place in contemporary painting/textile making! : )
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
And for fun...St. Lawrence.
St. Michael at San Appollinare in Classe (stay tuned for a post focused on this single site)
(detail of original floor)
Neonian (Orthodox) Baptistery
Original flooring from the now destroyed early 6th C. palace of Theodoric.