International Exhibition - Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm (2016-17)

Currently showing at the the prestigious Belvedere in Vienna, the hugely acclaimed international exhibition Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm  is the largest exhibition in the last 100 years devoted to the work of the artist Lourens Alma Tadema (1836–1912).

Before transferring to Vienna, the exhibition ran from 1 October 2016 to 7 February 2017 at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Holland, where Alma-Tadema was born. It is being shown in Vienna until 18 June 2017, after which it will then be on view at Leighton House Museum in London, the city where Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema enjoyed his greatest international success, from 7 July to 29 October.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Self-portrait of Lourens Alma-Tadema, 1852, oil on canvas. Fries Museum.

The exhibition is co-curated by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn (University of York); Dr Peter Trippi, a New York-based specialist in 19th-century European paintings; and film expert Dr. Ivo Blom (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), working alongside curators from the Museum of Friesland.

The Museum of Friesland holds the largest collection of Alma-Tadema’s works in the Netherlands, part of which was received from Alma-Tadema himself and his daughters. The exhibition includes over 200 objects, including more than 80 of Alma-Tadema’s paintings; dozens of drawings, prints and objects from his studio; and 17 artworks created by his gifted wife Laura and daughter Anna.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888), oil on canvas. Private collection.

Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm has received rave reviews internationally: in the UK, The Guardian described it as ‘epic’; The Huffington Post  called it ‘dazzling’. For links to equally fulsome reviews from the press in France, Italy, Russia and indeed Alma-Tadema’s native Holland, see the exhibition website.

A publication accompanies the exhibition, available in English (Lawrence Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity), Dutch (Alma-Tadema: Klassieke verleiding) and German (Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Klassische Verführung).

Read more about the exhibition on the Museum of Friesland’s website and watch the museum’s video showing the influence of Alma-Tadema’s paintings on Hollywood directors:


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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Entrance to a Roman Theatre (1866), oil on canvas. Private collection.

Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, Interior of the Church of San Clemente Rome (1863), oil on canvas. Fries Museum.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Unconscious Rivals (1893), oil on canvas. Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery

[Published 15 November 2016; updated 21 March 2017]

Main image: Exhibition banner showing Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Coign of Vantage (detail)

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