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Lawrence Alma-Tadema

An Eloquent Silence

An Eloquent Silence, Lawrence Alma-Tadema
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An Eloquent Silence is an Academic Oil on Canvas Painting created by Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1890. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Couples and Boredom. Download

Lawrence Alma-Tadema was known in his time for painting beautiful people in decadent Roman settings, but even for an artist known for his emotionally shallow work, this is a startlingly dull, emotionless scene. A young woman stares blankly into space, and a young man fiddles with a walking stick. Alma-Tadema’s flowers, often a fixture of his luxurious settings are clumsily integrated, without the compositional drama of The Roses of Heliogabalus or Unconscious Rivals.

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