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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema RA, The Way to the Temple

The Way to the Temple, 19 April 1882

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema RA (1836 - 1912)

RA Collection: Art

Alma-Tadema's Diploma painting is typical of the classical scenes, which prompted Punch to refer to him as a "marbellous painter". A priestess sits in the portico of a Doric temple selling votive statuettes while a partially revealed Dionysian procession enhances the theatricality of the composition. The dramatic appeal of Alma-Tadema's paintings impressed Henry Irving who in 1880 commissioned him to make designs for a production of Coriolanus.

Object details

The Way to the Temple
19 April 1882
Object type
Oil on canvas

1015 mm x 520 mm

Royal Academy of Arts
Object number
Diploma Work given by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema RA accepted 1882

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