Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Black-and-white mosaics with geometric and floral motifs

This month’s masterpieces from Hadrian’s Villa are the black-and-white mosaics with geometric and floral motifs from the Hospitalia (guesthouse).

The Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli © Carole Raddato

The Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli
© Carole Raddato

The Hospitalia (guesthouse) was a two-storey building. It contained ten T-shaped bedrooms (cubiculae) on the first floor which were located on each side of a long and wide central hallway, at the southern end of which was a hall. Nothing survives of the second floor, which presumably mirrored the layout of the first. Each cubicula had three alcoves for three beds and was decorated with mosaics made up of a central floral section surrounded by geometric patterns (where the beds stood). The structure dates to the first phase of the villa’s construction (AD 118-125) and was most likely designed to accommodate the Praetorian Guard or the upper-class servants (liberti, priests, bodyguards, officers).

Black and white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black and white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian's Villa © Carole Raddato

Black-and-white mosaic with geometric and floral motifs, Hospitalia, Hadrian’s Villa
© Carole Raddato

Source: Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project, Villa Adriana

 

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3 Responses to Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Black-and-white mosaics with geometric and floral motifs

  1. ritaroberts says:

    Wonderful photography Carole. ! How much of the floors are in tact ? they certainly look spectacular. Thanks for sharing. Also that’s for all those Rts. Much appreciated.

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  2. Thank you so much for these photos and blog. They are stunning and they are specially welcome because I’m going through a black and white ‘phase’ at the moment.

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  3. Jfwlucy says:

    I want to make all of these into knitting patterns right now!!

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