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Woman and Flowers

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In many paintings, Alma-Tadema infused the stylistic elements of northern European scenes of daily life with the contemporary Victorian interest in classical antiquity (the artist kept 168 volumes of photographs of Greek and Roman antiquities). Here, Alma-Tadema depicted a woman in classical...

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Inscription

Center left, on table edge: L. ALMA-TADEMA 1868

Provenance

By 1872, Thomas Wigglesworth (b. 1814 - d. 1906 or 1907), Boston [see note 1]; by descent to his niece, Henrietta Goddard Wigglesworth (Mrs. W. Scott Fitz) (b. 1847 - d. 1927), Boston; by descent to her son, Edward Jackson Holmes (b. 1873 - d. 1950), Boston; 1941, gift of Edward Jackson Holmes to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 13, 1941) NOTES: [1] He first lent the painting to the Boston Athenaeum in 1872 ("The Roman Lady," cat. no. 158).

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes

1868

Dimensions

49.8 x 37.2 cm (19 5/8 x 14 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

41.117

Medium or Technique

Oil on panel

Collections

Europe

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