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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (English artist, 1836-1912)


Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema became one of the most renowned painters of late nineteenth century Britain. Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky. Universally admired for his superb draftsmanship and depictions of Classical Antiquity, during his lifetime, he fell into disrepute after his death and only in the last thirty years has his work been reevaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.


The Vintage Festival
Ask me no more
He died in 1912, and was buried in the crypt of St Paul's Cathedral. Some of his many followers include John W Waterhouse, John Collier, and John W Godward. As the Victorian era ended, his work was denounced and his paintings became impossible to sell. After his death he fell into relative obscurity for many years.
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"Who knows him well he best can tell
That a stouter friend hath no man
Than this lusty knight, who for our delight
Hath painted Greek and Roman.
Then here let every citizen,
Who holds a brush or wields a pen,
Drink deep as his Zuyder Zee
To Alma-Tad-
Of the Royal Acad-
Of the Royal Academee"
- song to celebrate the painter's knighthood in 1889.



 The Education of the Children of Clovis detail
The Education of the Children of Clovis
Sappho and Alcaeus
Welcome footsteps
Bacchanale
Caracalla and Geta
The Frigidarium
A Roman Art Lover
Sculptors in Ancient Rome
Unconscious Rivals detail
Not at home
Pottery painting
Resting
The Sculpture Gallery
Flora
The Triumph of Titus
The Roman Wine Tasters

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