Art History: Late Victorian

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British art saw a return to the classical after the 1860s, not just in terms of style, but also subject matter. Alma Tadema created sensual Victorian visions of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and Leighton too rendered classicizing figures and subjects. Both of these artists, together with Sargent, were influenced by the Aesthetic Movement, where the subject or narrative of a work of art was minimized in favor of a focus on issues of form (color harmonies, line, composition).

Leighton, an Athlete Wrestling with a Python

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Sir Frederic Leighton, An Athlete Wrestling with a Python, 1877, bronze, 1746 x 984 x 1099 mm (Tate Britain, London)

Alma-Tadema, Listening to Homer

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Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, A Reading from Homer, 1885, oil on canvas, 36-1/8 x 72-1/4 inches / 91.8 x 183.5 cm (Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Room: 1890-1910

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This video brought to you by Curator Carol Jacobi explores the period 1890-1910. Learn more about the art featured in this video: - Sir William Goscombe John, A Boy at Play, 1895 - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Model for ‘Eros’ on the ...

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