Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, R.A. 1836 - 1912
The Way to the Temple
Photo: R.A./John Hammond
© Royal Academy of Arts, London
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The Way to the Temple, 19 April 1882
Oil on canvas, 1015 X 520 mm
Diploma Work given by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, R.A., accepted 1882
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Alma-Tadema's Diploma painting is typical of the classical scenes, which prompted Punch to refer to him as a "marbellous painter". A priestess sits in the portico of a Doric temple selling votive statuettes while a partially revealed Dionysian procession enhances the theatricality of the composition. The dramatic appeal of Alma-Tadema's paintings impressed Henry Irving who in 1880 commissioned him to make designs for a production of Coriolanus.

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