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Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Alma-Tadema in 1870
Lourens Alma Tadema

(1836-01-08)8 January 1836
Dronryp, Netherlands
Died 25 June 1912(1912-06-25) (aged 76)
Nationality Dutch
British denizenship
Known for Painting
Movement Academicism
  • Marie-Pauline Gressin-Dumoulin de Boisgirard
    (m. 1863; died 1869)
  • Laura Theresa Epps
    (m. 1871; died 1909)
Awards Order of Merit
Royal Academician

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, OM, RA ( born Lourens Alma Tadema 8 January 1836 – 25 June 1912) was a Dutch painter of special British denizenship. Born in Dronryp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. 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. Alma-Tadema was considered one of the most popular Victorian painters. Though admired during his lifetime for his draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, his work fell into disrepute after his death, and only since the 1960s has it been re-evaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century British art.

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