Creating Master Works from Tiny Pieces of Glass

Maurizio Fioravanti is a celebrated figure in the rarefied world of micromosaics.

In a tiny studio atop a historic palazzo in central Rome, Maurizio Fioravanti creates miniature worlds of massive fantasy.

He is one of the world’s few micromosaic artists, a self-taught, 30-year practitioner of a painstaking craft that involves setting thousands of tiny glass tesserae, often measuring less than 1 millimeter in diameter, into small metal panels to create images of such remarkable detail that they appear to be photographs. The work is so time-consuming that Mr. Fioravanti produces fewer than 10 pieces a year, with prices starting at $50,000 for a ring.

They are sold by the brand Vamgard, which

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