The exhibition of Alma-Tadema -
Photo: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888

The exhibition of Alma-Tadema

Aug. 19, 2016

Wilhelminaplein 92
8911BS Leeuwarden

This autumn more than 80 masterpieces by the 19th century artist will come to the Frisian Museum for the exhibition Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm. His international top pieces, his world and his influence on film meet in Alma Tadema’s home city of Leeuwarden in the Frisian Museum from 1 October 2016 to 7 February 2017.

  • Alma-Tadema was the first to bring the days of ancient Rome to life in paintings
  • This exhibition is part of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018
  • The Frisian Museum acquired an important key work by Alma-Tadema: Entrance of the theatre


Alma-Tadema’s portrayals of antiquity were so convincing that film directors used his paintings as blueprints for epic films such as Ben-Hur (1959) and Gladiator (2000). This exhibition shows how his work has influenced the film industry, from Hollywood’s founding years until the 21st century.


The Frisian Museum loaned paintings by Alma-Tadema from the collections of Musee d’Orsay, Tate Britain, the Prado, and other institutions, as well as from private collections across the globe. Many of the more than 80 paintings in the exhibition will be shown to the public for the first time in years.

Largest collection

The Frisian Museum has the largest collection of works by Alma-Tadema in Holland, some of which were received from Alma-Tadema himself and his daughters, Laurence and Anna.

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