Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, ‘The Roses of Heliogabalus’, 1888, Painting, Oil on canvas, Belvedere Museum
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The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888

Oil on canvas
52 1/5 × 84 2/5 in
132.7 × 214.4 cm
Location
Vienna
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Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico, Photo: © Piera, Arturo
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Anglo-Dutch, January 8, 1836
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Over the course of his career, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema came to be known as that painter of “Victorians in togas”, for his depictions of luxury and decadence in fabulous exotic landscapes and interiors. Alma-Tadema first studied under the Belgian historical painter Henrik Leys, and assisted him in completing frescoes throughout Antwerp. Around the time he was studying painting, Alma-Tadema also took classes in history and archaeology, and during a trip to Italy in 1863, he discovered a passion for Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquity, and began to paint scenes of these subjects exclusively. He was particularly celebrated for his ability to represent ancient architecture, costumes, and the textures of marble, bronze, and silk.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, ‘The Roses of Heliogabalus’, 1888, Painting, Oil on canvas, Belvedere Museum
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Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico, Photo: © Piera, Arturo
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Anglo-Dutch, January 8, 1836
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Over the course of his career, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema came to be known as that painter of “Victorians in togas”, for his depictions of luxury and decadence in fabulous exotic landscapes and interiors. Alma-Tadema first studied under the Belgian historical painter Henrik Leys, and assisted him in completing frescoes throughout Antwerp. Around the time he was studying painting, Alma-Tadema also took classes in history and archaeology, and during a trip to Italy in 1863, he discovered a passion for Greek, Roman, and Egyptian antiquity, and began to paint scenes of these subjects exclusively. He was particularly celebrated for his ability to represent ancient architecture, costumes, and the textures of marble, bronze, and silk.

The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888

Oil on canvas
52 1/5 × 84 2/5 in
132.7 × 214.4 cm
Location
Vienna
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