Alma-Tadema


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Alma-Tadema

Sir Lawrence. 1836--1912, Dutch-English painter of studies of Greek and Roman life
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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 and Burne-Jones.
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.
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 and Poynter.
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 as inspiration.
Steinway & Sons introduces the Alma-Tadema grand piano re-creation, the first piano in its premier Legendary Collection, offering one-of-a-kind re-creations of historical Steinway artcase pianos.