Lawrence Alma-Tadema

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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1870.

Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-01-08 - 1912-06-25) was a Dutch painter who primarily painted in the European academic style. His paintings are primarily scenes from classical antiquity including ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt.


As a child, my mother hung two Lawrence Alma-Tadema paintings in our bathroom — Unconscious Rivals and A Coign of Vantage — and I always appreciated the beauty of them, though I had no idea who the artist was. As an adult, while seeking out new art, I came across one of the paintings and discovered the artist. I was then able to look at more of his work and my appreciation for him grew. I'm most impressed by Alma-Tadema's ability to paint such convincing marble.