In recent times, Liverpool's Walker Gallery held an exhibition dedicated to the Dutch nineteenth century painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema
, an artist show specialised in depicting naked and voluptuous ladies, usually Roman by origin, cavorting in public bathhouses.
He was also a patron of Alma-Tadema
In Artistic Circles Charlotte Gere, a distinguished historian of taste, charts the rise of the late-Victorian studio house as created by artists including Watts, Leighton, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Tissot and Alma-Tadema
The members included Walter Langley, Joseph Southall and the architect, W H Bidlake, while the honorary members included Lawrence Alma-Tadema
(a former president) and George Frederick Watts.
Hadrian was the only 'good' emperor that Alma-Tadema
painted, preferring to dwell instead on the failings of Claudius or Caligula, the cruelty of Vespasian or the heady excesses of Caracalla and Heliogabalus.
Other well known presidents were Lord Leighton and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
and there are currently 100 members of the RBSA.
At the end of his life, a short time after 330, Praxiteles could not have foreseen that his work would shape one of the longest-lasting traditions in the history of Western art, culminating in such diverse phenomena as 19th-century academic sculpture, the sepia photographs of nude Neapolitan and Sicilian boys sold to certain Victorian tourists and the paintings of Alma-Tadema
Clockwise from top: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
(1836-1912) Tepidarium 1882; Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) Venus Verticordia 1864-8; Herbert Draper (1863-1920) The Lament for Icarus 1898; Herbert Draper (1863-1920) The Gates of Dawn 1900; Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) The Fisherman and the Siren c.
As creator of the Dulwich exhibition, Jan Piggott makes a convincing case for the influence of the Fine Arts Courts on archaeologically-minded painters such as Holman Hunt, Alma-Tadema
From Rembrandt to Rossetti and from Alma-Tadema
to Frank Holl, the galleries stretched out as far as the eye could see and the profits of the Midland Brewery would permit.
That's OK, says the artist who has, in fact, used the sumptuous and mildly erotic canvases of the Victorian painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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