Smiley Derleth

Smiley Derleth

Posted on 05/02/2015


Photo taken on May  1, 2015


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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1894

Alma Tadema's curiosity about the ancient world was insatiable, and the knowledge he acquired was incorporated into over three hundred paintings of ancient archeological and architectural design. He said: "Now if you want to know what those Greeks and Romans looked like, whom you make your masters in language and thought, come to me. For I can show not only what I think but what I know."
– from the Getty site

This painting is nearly 6 feet tall.

The words on the frame, which can barely be made out, are from Dedication by Algernon Charles Swinburne, 1865:

"In a land of clear colours and stories,
In a region of shadowless hours,
Where earth has a garment of glories
And a murmur of musical flowers"

The Getty, Los Angeles, 2010

6 comments - The latest ones
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
I'm absolutely found of Alma Tadema's paintings... I study them at a time I wanted to lean who to draw historical costumes !
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Nylonbleu
Yes! Thank you so much, Nylonbleu.
2 years ago.
Nicolas Mertens
Nicolas Mertens
Beautiful! Almost as good as in Technicolor :)
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Nicolas Mertens
It is! Thanks very much, Nicolas.
2 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Impressive painting
2 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Fantasyfan
Thank you, Fantasyfan! It really is.
2 years ago.