Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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Dutch-born British painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema was born in 1836 in the Netherlands, and died in 1912 in Germany.
In 1852, he joined the Academy in Antwerp and is influenced by painters of the Romantic movement nearby.
In 1856 he became assistant to the painter Hendryk Leys and lives with an archaeologist in contact with which he is interested in history and archeology.
During a visit to the British Museum, he became fascinated with the Egyptian objects that we find the influence on his works.
He married a French woman, visited Italy and Pompeii where he brought back photographs depicting scenes of life in antiquity.
His way of ancient architecture peidnre earned him the nickname "painter of marble. "
In 1870 he moved to London and became a British subject.
He became a member of the Royal Academy in 1899 and was knighted by Queen Victoria.