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Alma-Tadema and antiquity: imagining classical sculpture in late-nineteenth-century Britain

Exhibition: 28 June - 28 September 2008

Laurens Alma Tadema, A sculpture gallery. Hanover, Hood Museum of Art

Sir Laurens Alma Tadema (1836-1912), A sculpture gallery, 1874
Hanover, New Hampshire, Hood Museum of Art

From the museum website

The Hood’s Alma-Tadema painting A Sculpture Gallery (1874) joins X-rays of the painting, related drawings, prints, and photographs, and several of the original ancient Roman objects that Alma-Tadema personally examined and then included here, on international loan from Naples. Alma-Tadema’s depiction of the display and sale of classical statues and decorative objects, his largest and one of his most ambitious paintings, emphasizes sculpture in original, daily settings rather than as timeless ideals.

Related event

Symposium Art, antiquity and archeology in Alma-Tadema’s The sculpture gallery, Hanover, New Hampshire (Hood Museum of Art), 27 September 2008