Bing Supersonic Quiz Answers – Jul 2 (Tile Tales)

The following questions are from the “Microsoft Rewards Bing Supersonic Quiz” for 7-2-2024. Let us know in the comments if you find the wrong answer to any question!!!

Tile tales: a quiz on Mosaics

Question 1: What is the term for the small pieces of tile, glass, or stone used in mosaics?

  • Tesserae
  • Chunks
  • Bricks

Correct Answer: Tesserae

Fact: The term for the small pieces of tile, glass, or stone used in mosaics is Tesserae. Each tessera is a small, usually square, piece that is assembled to create intricate patterns or images in mosaic artwork. These pieces can be made from various materials, including ceramics, glass, marble, and other types of stone, allowing for a wide range of colors and textures in the final mosaic. The precise placement and selection of tesserae are crucial for achieving the desired artistic effect.

Question 2: Which Roman town has mosaics discovered after being buried by volcanic ash?

  • Pompeii
  • Rome
  • Athens

Correct Answer: Pompeii

Fact: The Roman town of Pompeii is renowned for its well-preserved mosaics, which were discovered after being buried by volcanic ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The ash acted as a time capsule, preserving the town’s buildings, artworks, and artifacts. Excavations have revealed intricate mosaics depicting mythological scenes, daily life, and decorative patterns, offering valuable insights into Roman art and culture. Pompeii’s mosaics are considered some of the finest examples of Roman artistry.

Question 3: What is the technique when mosaic pieces are set at angles to catch the light?

  • Opus vermiculatum
  • Andamento
  • Opus sectile

Correct Answer: Andamento

Fact: Andamento refers to the technique in mosaic art where pieces of material are deliberately placed at varying angles. This method is employed to manipulate light reflection and create visual effects that enhance the overall appearance of the mosaic. By strategically positioning the tesserae (individual mosaic pieces), artists can achieve a dynamic interplay of light and shadow, adding depth and texture to their artwork. This technique is crucial in achieving both aesthetic beauty and technical complexity in mosaic design.

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