Image: A Coign of Vantage
(Dronrijp, Friesland, Holland, 1836 - 1912, London)

A Coign of Vantage , 1897

Photogravure on paper
20 3/4 in. x 14 3/4 in. (52.71 cm x 37.47 cm)
Gift of M. Knoedler and Co.
1959.35
In most of his work, Alma-Tadema depicted the leisure activities of the ancient world's upper class.  Here, three young women perched high above the sea watch a Roman fleet return to port.  The dramatic vertical perspective gives a sense of vast space and also reflects Alma-Tadema's interest in the compositions found in photography and Japanese prints.
  
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