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  Biography of Alma-Tadema  


          Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the painter of "Victorians in togas", was one of the most 
successful artists of the XIX century. He was internationally famous and so immensely 
popular that scarcely a middle-class Victorian drawing room was without at least one print 
of Alma-Tadema's painting. Yet a few years after his death he was all but forgotten. 

            Laurens (later he changed to the more English Lawrence) Tadema was born on 8 
January 1836, in the small village of Dronrijp, which lies about 3 miles to the west of 
Leeuwarden, Holland. He was the sixth child of Pieter Jiltes Tadema, a notary. It is 
unclear when and why he affixed the name Alma to his last name, probably it was the
name of his godfather. His parents wanted him to become a lawyer and Laurens was enrolled at the 
gymnasium of Leeuwarden. Although Laurens was a good student, he always wanted to be an artist and, with 
great enthusiasm he tried to pursue both courses. This caused a significant decline of his health that his 
doctors even predicted he would die shortly. His mother decided to allow him to spend his remaining days doing 
what he enjoyed most, to paint. But happily after that he recovered completely. This marked the beginning of
a new period of his life.

    In 1851, he went to Antwerp to study in the Antwerp Academy, where he was taught first by Gustave Wappers 
and then by Nicaise de Keyser. He left the Academy in 1856 and continued to study art and also took up the 
history of Germany, early France and Belgium under the guidance of Louis de Taye, the Professor of Archaeology 
at the Academy of Antwerp. Faust and Marguerite (1857) was painted as a result of these studies. 
    In 1859 Alma-Tadema became a pupil of Henrik Leys, joining his studio in Antwerp. 

    In 1861, Tadema's picture The Education of the Children of Clovis (1868) was exhibited and became a 

    In 1862, Alma-Tadema left Leys's studio and started his own career. The period 1862-1870 is called his 
Continental period, he established himself as a significant contemporary European artist. His main works were 
of classical genre, dedicated to Ancient Egypt: An Egyptian Widow (1872) and Greek and Roman history: A Roman Family (1868), An Audience at Agrippa's (1876). 

    In 1870, Alma-Tadema moved to England, where he was to spend the rest of his life. He became one of the most famous and highly paid artists of his time, acknowledged and rewarded by the fellow artists as well as 
by the governments of the European countries. 

    In 1879, he was elected as a full member of the Royal Academy of Arts and in 1899 was knighted by 
Queen Victoria. Among his most famous works are An Apodyterium (1886), Spring (1894), The Coliseum (1896), The 
Baths of Caracalla (1899), Silver Favourites (1903), The Finding of Moses (1904), A Favourite 
Custom (1909).AlmaTadema died in 1912. 

 Text list of Alma-Tadema oil paintings
- A birth chamber
- A coign of vantage
- A dedication to Bacchus
- A difference of opinion
- A favourite custom
- A Greek woman
- A hearty welcome
- A kiss
- A Pyrrhic dance
- A reading from Homer
- A reading from Homer detail
- A Roman emperor AD41 detail1
- A Roman emperor AD41 detail2
- A sculptors model
- A sculptors model detail
- A Sculpture Gallery, 1867
- A sculpture gallery
- A silent greeting
- A Votive Offering
- A world of their own
- An earthly paradise
- An oldeander1
- Antony and Cleopatra, 1883
- Ask me no more
- Between hope and fear
- Boating
- Caracalla and Geta
- Cherries
- Comparisons
- Confidences
- Discussion
- Egyptian_juggler
- Entrance to a Roman theatr
- Exhausted maenides after the dance
- Expectations 1885
- Flora, Spring in the Gardens of the Villa Borghese, 1877
- God speed
- Golden hour
- Her Eyes are with Her Thoughts, 1897
- In my studio
- In the peristyle
- In the tepidarium
- In the time of Constantine
- Joseph Overseer of then Pharoahs granaries
- Ninety Four Degrees in the Shade, 1876
- Not at home
- Phidias showing the frieze of the Parthenon
- Pleading
- Poetry
- Portrait of a Woman
- Portrait of Aime -Jules Dalou
- Portrait of Anna Alma Tadema
- Portrait of the singer George Henschel
- Pottery painting
- Proclaiming Claudius Emperor
- Promise of Spring, 1890
- Prose
- Sappho and Alcaeus
- Self_portrait
- Silver favourites
- Spring2
- Strigils and Sponges
- The Baths of Caracalla, 1899
- The Colosseum
- The Education of the Childrenm of Clovis
- The Favourite Poet
- The Finding of Moses
- The Frigidarium
- The Parting Kiss
- The Roses of Heliogabalus
- The Sculpture Gallery (detail)
- The Sculpture Gallery
- The Triumph of Titus
- The Vintage Festival
- The Voice of Spring
- The Women of Amphissa
- The Years at the Spring
- This is Our Corner
- Thou Rose of all the Roses
- Unconscious Rivals, 1893
- Unconscious Rivals detail
- Under the roof of blue Ionian weather detail
- Under the roof of blue Ionian weather
- Unwelcome Confidences
- Welcome Footsteps
- Whispering noon
- Who is it
 Featured oil paintings of Alma-Tadema
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