Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s 1895 painting A Coign Of Vantage is a fine example of the work of one of the most commercially successful artists of the nineteenth century, broadly appealing to public tastes and popular trends. Originally born in the Netherlands, Alma-Tadema moved to London in 1870 and became one of the prestigious Royal Academicians. Painted towards the end of his career, A Coign of Vantage is an imaged reproduction of three Roman women enjoying the view from their home astride a cliff. Beneath them galleys return to the harbours beneath them and their vantage point allows a majestic view of these crafts that are coming back from either trading or war. A remarkable reproduction of the effects of light on a variety of surfaces, Alma-Tadema’s style was characterised by this kind of tactile, experiential rendering of classical life. The tremendously accomplished color gradient achieved as the sea becomes the sky marks A Coign Of Vantage out as one of Alma-Tadema’s most ambitious portrayals of Roman and Greek life. It is not hard to see why his Neo-classical reproductions of everyday life were so successful in Victorian England.
An immensely financially successful painter, Alma-Tadema sits alongside Edwin Henry Landseer as one of the star populist artists of the late nineteenth century. Over a career spanning over sixty years, the artist delivered exactly what the public’s tastes desired – primarily reclining or languid figures posed against marble-lit sunlight in the classical world. Forging a prodigious output of these imaging glimpses, Alma-Tadema fed the Victorian imagination with his meticulous archaeological research and towering cinematic vision. His paintings so matched the ambitions of the early cinema practitioners that many of his painting were used as research material for the monumental sets of films such as D. W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916) and Cecil B. DeMille's epic remake of The Ten Commandments (1956).
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