Mosaics in Venice: A Tour in the Orsoni Factory

Glass tiles at the Orsoni Mosaics Factory

The art of mosaic is at home in Venice and the Orsoni factory in the Cannaregio district has been producing mosaics – smalti and gold or silver leaf – since 1888. Lucio Orsoni, the last owner, is also a renowned artist that in spite of the figurative tradition uses the glass tiles to create abstract and intensely spiritual works.

Cutting the tiles

Mosaicist working on a wall, inserting tiles with gold leaf

Basilica of Torcello, Virgin Mary, 12th c.