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Lawrence Alma-Tadema Hardcover – 1 Aug 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Grange Books Ltd (1 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840134178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840134179
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 23.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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' … scholarly and informative book … '
Times Literary Supplement

'This book, like the paintings themselves, is a joy of immaculate and comprehensive research with a lavish attention to detail.'
Arts Opinion

' … a fresh and sympathetic appraisal of this … artist.'
Daily Telegraph

'This fascinating book, well-illustrated with fine colour reproductions will help to reasses his [Lawrence Alma-Tadema's] reputation in the 21st century.'
Yorkshire Gazette

' … Barrow's anecdotal, academic and absorbing study of this Dutch-born Victorian painter breathes life into a man famous for his depictions of the imagined excesses, decadence and languid passion of the Roman Empire.'
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About the Author

Rosemary J Barrow is a Lecturer in the School of Humanities, King's College, London, and has lectured and published widely on Alma-Tadema. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully bound edition, printed on high quality paper. Open it and you soon discover page after page of lush colour plates. However, this is more than a picture book, as the plates are accompanied by text that is every bit as colourful. Barrow clearly knows her subject, and she provides informative and concise commentary on Tadema's work. She also avoids the trap of becoming sidetracked into the flawed argument that Tadema's work was expertly produced but ultimately vacuous tosh for which wealthy philistines would pay high prices. Instead, while covering this argument, she focuses on the content of his pictures, the subject matter, and the humour that Tadema often injected into his pictures.
The book is arranged chronologically, beginning with Tadema's earliest exhibited works, and progressing through his career to, at the end, examples of works that remain unfinished.
The list of works at the back of the book is not exhaustive, and some works mentioned in the text are not present as plates, but this hardly detracts from what is an attractive and enjoyable book.
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Format: Hardcover
Elegantly written so that the text, while being informative and
erudite, is a constant pleasure to read. We get a sense of the man and
a detailed discussion of his paintings (complemented by the fine
illustrations). The analysis of classical sources is both fascinating
and accessible to those without prior knowledge of the ancient world.
Lots of new material and pictures not reproduced elsewhere. Playful,
provocative, learned and readible, it is unequalled by any other book
on the market on Alma-Tadema. Essential reading for anyone interested
in Victorian painting.
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Format: Hardcover
Please note: the review from "A Customer" is for the R.J.Barrow monograph on Alma-Tadema from Phaidon published in 2001, and NOT for the one by Edmund Swinglehurst from the Fine Art Series as advertised above, so if you want the Barrow monograph, which is 207 pages long, DON'T order this one.
Amazon has conflated two different books into one item. I suspect that all three reviews may be for the Barrow book which you can find by clicking on both the "Hardback" options. One of them has a different cover, and you will see the author's name (Barrow) on the cover photo.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a most superb publication. Expert text accompanies the excellently printed colour illustrations. I have recommended this book to two friends both of whom are equally delighted with it.
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Lovely book, but it was the French translation - nothing to say it was the French edition on the site - and the text was a considerable percentage of it. Back it went.
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