Most of us take photos of our travels, but Tsar Nicholas had a more spectacular 'happy snap'.This micro-mosaic table-top records the sights of Italy he visited. It was made by Michelangelo Barberi, c.1851. The micro-mosaic is an appealing medium because it is clever, but also because it has a luminous depth of colour. The light bounces back out of translucent glass material, and the purity of colour fields are modulated by the mortar gaps- making an intense, rich image.
"Whoa whoa whoa! Use a coaster whydoncha!?"