There’s a lot more to this painting than first meets the eye: a bit of Brueghel, some Leighton, and even some Signorelli.
A woman artist painting nudes? Better than her husband? Keeping her maiden name too? She changed a lot of attitudes in her career as a painter.
Beautiful paintings, devoid of narrative, symbols, or meaning. They represent the height of the Aesthetic movement: ‘pure’ art.
After a brush with almost Impressionist landscapes, did he settle down and paint Rome and Greece purely for the sake of art?
After his reputation was shredded by Roger Fry, Alma-Tadema was almost forgotten. Why should his work now be revived?
His classical narratives are as sophisticated as Leighton’s, his spectacles as good as Gérôme at his best, and he made some of the best paintings of the Aesthetic movement.
Reviled through the twentieth century, in his day he was one of the most eminent British artists. Is he due a revival?
His later paintings became weaker in narrative to the point where some seemed almost trite. What was he up to?
Taught by Watts, a friend of Rossetti and Frederic, Lord Leighton, his paintings were popular, successful, and well known. Until the early 20th century.
First of two parts looking at the many great paintings of Andromeda’s rescue from sacrifice to Cetus.