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Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Author : Rosemary J Barrow

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), was one of the finest and most distinctive of the Victorian painters. Dutch-born, he moved to London in 1870 and became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean sea and sky. amusing portrait of an exuberant personality who carved out a brilliant career for himself at the heart of London's artistic and cultural elite. But above all she subjects the paintings to a fresh scrutiny, and reveals that Alma-Tadema, a knowledgeable student of antiquity, repeatedly used literary and archaeological allusions in his paintings to play a game of interpretation with his viewers. Time and again the seeming innocence of the scenes he depicts is subverted by a mischievously placed inscription or statue, suggesting to the initiated a darker and usually risque meaning. their beauty and their remarkable mastery of light, colour and texture. With its intriguing insights into his personality and intentions, this book should provide a challenging reassessment of a major artist.
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  • Author:
  • Rosemary J Barrow
  • ISBN:
  • 071484358X
  • isbn-13
  • 9780714843582
  • Publisher:
  • Phaidon Press
  • Cover:
  • Paperback
  • Pub. Year:
  • 2003
  • SKU
  • 9780714843582
  • Number of Units
  • No
  • Pages:
  • 208