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.
1015 mm x 520 mm
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