Thursday, November 5, 2009

Master Class: Lawrence Alma-Tadema

   There's no accounting for taste. The world has moved on to more modern forms of artistic expression but, when it comes to painting, I seem to favor realistic depictions and classical styles. The nineteenth Century produced  many fine painters like Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912).
   A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky. Although he was universally admired during his lifetime for his superb draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, he fell into disrepute after his death

Portrait of a Painter

The Education of the Children of Clovis 1861

Egyptian Chess Players 1865

After the Audience 1879

Women of Amphissa 1887

Roses of Heliogabalus 1888

Love's Votaries 1891

Vintage Festival

Sappho and Alcaeus

The Finding of Moses 1904

A Favourite Custom - 1909

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