Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Rosemary J. BarrowLawrence Alma-Tadema by Rosemary J. Barrow

Lawrence Alma-Tadema

byRosemary J. Barrow, Rosemary Barrow

Paperback | October 1, 2003

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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. In this original study, Rosemary Barrow presents an absorbing and often 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. Neglected after his death, Alma-Tadema's paintings are once again admired for 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.
Title:Lawrence Alma-TademaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 11.5 × 10 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 2003Publisher:Phaidon PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:071484358X

ISBN - 13:9780714843582

Appropriate for ages: 13

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