• ALMA-TADEMA, Sir Lawrence

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      • Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was a Dutch painter of genre scenes set in Greece, Rome and Ancient Egypt, who settled in England in 1870 and became naturalized. His early work followed the style of medieval history painting of Baron Leys in Belgium, but a visit to Naples and Pompeii in 1863 changed his subject-matter to a form of sugary classicizing genre in which he was successful and popular (it has been described as similar to Hollywood epics). He became an ARA in 1876, and RA in 1879, was knighted in 1899 and made an OM in 1903. His works were numbered in Roman numerals from 1850, reaching Opus CCCCVIII, and have a smooth detailed surface and particularization of marble, drapery and flesh similar to the confections of Lord Leighton.

        There are works in Baltimore (Walters), Boston, Cambridge Mass. (Fogg), Cardiff, Dordrecht, The Hague (Mesdag), London (Tate, V& A, Guildhall), Philadelphia and Washington (Corcoran).

      • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)


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