Lawrence Alma-Tadema / Glaucus and Nydia / 1867Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Glaucus and Nydia

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Creator Name: Alma-Tadema, Sir Lawrence
Creator Nationality: European; British
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1836 - 1912
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Netherlands
Creator Name-CRT: Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Title: Glaucus and Nydia
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1867
Creation End Date: 1867
Creation Date: 1867
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 39cm x 64.2cm
Inscriptions: Signed upper left: "L. Alma Tadema 67."
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1977.128
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin
Context: "It was one of the few moments in her brief and troubled life that it was sweet to treasure." Weaving a rose garland as a present for her beloved master Glaucus, the blind servant Nydia resists speaking of her love for him. The scene is based on Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's enormously popular historical novel The Last Days of Pompeii (published in 1835), a melodramatic epic set in ancient Roman times, which culminates with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.Responding to the 19th-century appetite for things antique, the artist filled his historical scenes with depictions of Roman frescoes and statuary. Dutch by birth, Alma-Tadema made this picture in Brussels for a London art dealer. But the demand for such paintings became so great that he moved to England, where he achieved great financial and social success.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1977.128
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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