Loves Votaries (1891)
painting 67 of 143 by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Loves Votaries (Love in Idleness), 1891 by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Information about painting

Paintings of everyday life set in Roman times were very fashionable at the end of the 19th century. The combination of beautiful young women with convincing Roman-style surroundings made Lawrence Alma-Tadema's paintings particularly popular. The realistic detail of his pictures was based on the Roman wall paintings and sculpture he saw on his visits to the ruined cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii in Italy, in 1863. The intense colour and rather flat, decorative treatment of the sea and sky in this picture are typical of Alma-Tadema's style.