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Leighton House Museum

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 17:00

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity, at Leighton House Museum, is the largest exhibition devoted to the artist to be held in London since 1913. The show explores Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity and how this interest related to his own domestic circumstances expressed through the two remarkable studio-houses that he created in St John’s Wood together with his wife Laura and daughters. Born in the north of the Netherlands, the exhibition traces his early training and move to London in 1870 where he established a hugely successful career at the heart of the artistic establishment. His work fixed ideas in the popular imagination of what life in the ancient past ‘looked like’ – ideas and images that were taken to the stage and film and remain with us today. The exhibition showcases over 130 paintings and includes important works by Tadema himself, his wife Laura and daughter Anna with loans coming from public and private collections internationally. At Home in Antiquity finds a perfect setting in Leighton’s own studio-house, interiors known to the Alma-Tademas as frequent callers, and includes In My Studio, presented by Alma-Tadema to Leighton as a token of his esteem; also The Finding of Moses and The Roses of Heliogabalus, two of his largest and most celebrated works. Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity is organised by the Museum of Friesland, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (the artist’s home town) and comes to London following an exhibition at the Belvedere, Vienna.

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity is the largest exhibition in London devoted to the artist since 1913. The show explores Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity and showcases over 130 paintings, including important works by Tadema himself, his wife Laura and his daughter Anna. Born in the north of the Netherlands, the exhibition traces his early training and move to London in 1870 where he established a hugely successful career at the heart of the artistic establishment. His work fixed ideas in the popular imagination of what life in the ancient past ‘looked like’ – ideas and images that were taken to the stage and film and remain with us today.

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity showcases over 130 paintings by the celebrated Victorian artist and traces his early training and move to London in 1870 where he established a hugely successful career at the heart of the artistic establishment. The exhibition finds a perfect setting in Leighton’s own studio-house, interiors known to the Alma-Tademas as frequent callers.