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X Artists, Workshops and Repertoire

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This chapter talks about the artists and workshops of the ancient world. A workshop probably consisted of painters, carvers, sculptors, and mosaicists, who were all members of a master's or builder's team. The basic materials of their trade were to be found at the worksite. The artists needed the help and cooperation of other artisans as well as various prepared items. Temporary workshops were at times assigned by the clients who requested the work; two such temporary workshops were discovered at Caesarea: one in a Roman mansion, for floor mosaicists, and the other for wall mosaicists (opus sectile) in a Byzantine mansion. The architectural decor of some synagogues in the Galilee and the Golan attest that workshops and artists were employed simultaneously by various communities.

Keywords:artists; Galilee; Golan; workshops



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