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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 (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 (118-125 AD) 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

Source: Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project, Villa Adriana

 

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