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Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema – History in Paintings

In the Tepidarium, by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema
In the Tepidarium, by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema

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 …

The Woman from Amphissa
The Woman from Amphissa
A reading by Homer - Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema
A reading by Homer – Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema
Spring by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema
Spring by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema

He became known especially with scenes of daily life – quite distict from the hero-worshipping of mainstream classical painters.

View From The Villa Jovis by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
View From The Villa Jovis by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
The Baths of Caracalla
The Baths of Caracalla
At Aphrodite's Cradle
At Aphrodite’s Cradle
A Favourite Custom
A Favourite Custom
The Woman of Amphissa
The Woman of Amphissa

Websites:

Athenaeum

Alma-Tedema Foundation

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2 Comments

  1. Robert Porreca

    Incredible skill and beauty. The settings are believable. If I had a criticism it’s with the women he painted. They are ALL incredibly beautiful, even in large group settings. I love his compositions but I would have placed a few average or plain looking people, enhancing actual realism. As it is, Lawrence’s’ Roman world has the appearance of a simple fantasy.

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