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date: 15 May 2021

Alma-Tadema. English artists familylocked

  • Alison Inglis

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Alison Inglis

(b Dronrijp, Friesland, Jan 8, 1836; d Wiesbaden, June 28, 1912).

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’s studio in 1859 and began assisting him with his monumental frescoes for the Antwerp Town Hall. While in Leys’s 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 ...

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G. Meissner, ed.: Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon: Die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker, 3 vols (Leipzig, 1983–90/R Munich, 1992) [see also Thieme–Becker below]
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