Friday, February 5, 2010

What is a Cameo?

Cameos and intaglios are similar in that both are carved portraits that are usually carved out of stone or seashells. They differ in that cameos are raised portraits, while intaglios are carved down into the surface of the material. Both typically take advantage of different colored layers of the material. The finest cameos and intaglios have come from Italy and Germany.


  1. I love cameos :) they are beautiful.

  2. Thanks Erica! So much work goes into making cameos. It's amazing how much detail the artist puts into every layer.