A juggler

Lawrence Alma-Tadema1870

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

An itinerant Egyptian entertainer is juggling with eggs in the atrium of a luxurious Roman villa. Alma-Tadema reconstructs the scene with scrupulous attention to historical detail. Yet he conceives the subject casually as if it were a snapshot of real life. Alma-Tadema’s combination of the archaeological and the anecdotal scored an immense success with a Victorian public well practised at reading the story in a picture.

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  • Title: A juggler
  • Creator: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
  • Date Created: 1870
  • Physical Dimensions: 77.8 x 48.4 cm sight; 126.0 x 78.0 x 7.3 cm frame
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Gift of John and Julie Schaeffer 1999
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Signature & Date: Signed and dated u.r., oil "Alma Tadema 1870".
  • Object Alternate Title: Un jongleur
  • Artist Country: England, Netherlands


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