World famous in his lifetime, forgotten after death, and rediscovered since the 1960s, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s ( 8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912) depictions of Classical Antiquity have been called everything from kitsch to genius.
Following a family tradition, he was destined to become a lawyer – fortunately for the world of art, the plan tanked for good when he, aged sixteen, entered the Royal Academy of Antwerp in the Netherlands to study early Dutch and Flemish art. What happened then one can read on Wiki and many other websites and we forgo the story and show the works …
He became known especially with scenes of daily life – quite distict from the hero-worshipping of mainstream classical painters.
(© John Vincent Palatine 2019)