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CaptionSir Lawrence Alma-Tadema 1836-1912 The Baths of Caracalla Oil on canvas 1899 59 7/8 x 37 1/2 inches 152.3 x 95.3 cm Private collection _____________ Tadema was arguably the most successful painter of the Victorian era. For over sixty years he gave his audience exactly what it wanted; distinctive elaborate paintings of beautiful people in classical settings. His incredibly detailed reconstructions of ancient Rome with languid men and women posed against white marble in dazzling sunlight provided his audience with a glimpse of a world of the kind they might one day construct for themselves at least in attitude if not in detail. During his sixty productive years Tadema produced over 400 known paintings and had some success designing musical instruments as well. One seldom noticed influence Tadema has had on modern art is the vision of the ancient world portrayed in such films as D. W. Griffith's Intolerance 1916 Ben Hur 1926 and Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments 1956 and Cleopatra 1934. Jessie J. Laskey co-writer on De Mille's The Ten Commandments has described how the producer would customarily spread out prints of Alma-Tadema paintings to indicate to his set designers the look he wanted to achieve.
HeadlineThe Baths of Caracalla Oil on canvas 1899
Copyright Noticewiki/Baths_ of_Caracalla
Byline (Photographer)Alma-Tadema
URLhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baths_of_Caracalla

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