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Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence Xanthe and Phaon (mk23) oil painting reproduction


Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence

Xanthe and Phaon (mk23)

1883 Watercolour,45.1 x 32.4 cm(17 3/4 x 12 3/4 in) Walters Art Gallery,Baltimore
Painting ID::  23003
 

 

Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence
b.Jan. 8, 1836, Dronrijp, Netherlands. d.June 25, 1912, Wiesbaden, Germany. Painter and designer of Dutch birth. The son of a notary, Alma-Tadema demonstrated an early artistic ability. In 1852 he entered the Antwerp Academy, where he studied under Gustaf, Baron Wappers, and Nicaise de Keyser. An important influence at this time was Louis De Taye, Professor of Archaeology at the academy and a practising artist. Alma-Tadema lived and worked with De Taye from 1857 to 1859 and was encouraged by him to depict subjects from the early history of France and Belgium. This taste for historical themes increased when Alma-Tadema entered Baron Henri Leys studio in 1859 and began assisting him with his monumental frescoes for the Antwerp Town Hall. While in Leys studio, Alma-Tadema produced several major paintings, for example the Education of the Children of Clovis (1861; ex-Sir John Pender priv. col., see Zimmern, p. 3) and Venantius Fortunatus Reading his Poems to Radagonda (1862; Dordrecht, Dordrechts Mus.), which are characterized by their obscure Merovingian subject-matter, rather sombre colouring and close attention to detail.
Xanthe and Phaon (mk23)
1883 Watercolour,45.1 x 32.4 cm(17 3/4 x 12 3/4 in) Walters Art Gallery,Baltimore

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