Mosaic panel, frame, "Roman Ruins", glass / wood / paint / metal, by Biagio Barzotti, Rome, Italy, c. 1876
A micro-mosaic panel of, smalti applied, coloured glass tesserae. The format is landscape. This mosaic depicts the ruins of the Roman forum, at the time recently excavated. A few men and women meet and walk amongst the ruins. They are in the costume of the period, c.1876. The sky is blue and shadows long: dusk is approaching. The Colosseum sits, centre right, in the background.
The outer frame is ornate, painted gold. The inner frame stained timber with a gilt edge. There is a small timber label in the lower centre with the title, medium and artist's name.
Name, medium and artist, lower centre of the frame, gold paint, "ROMAN RUINS (MOSAIC) / By B. Barzotti"
Signed, bottom left of the mosaic, in red mosaic, "B. BARZOTTI / MUSAICISTA ROMA / BABBUINO 57"
Numbered, reverse centre, white chalk, "238(illeg. smudged)"