topstuk tadema gevonden

Een verloren gewaand schilderij van de Nederlandse schilder Alma-Tadema is opgedoken in het BBC-televisieprogramma Antiques Roadshow. Het is een van de grootste vondsten ooit voor de Engelse versie van Tussen Kunst & Kitsch. Het doek van Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, in de 19de eeuw een van de meest succesvolle schilders ter wereld, werd ingebracht door de nazaat van de geportretteerde man. De vondst en de verbijstering bij de toeschouwers werden live op camera vastgelegd. Het Fries Museum voegt het schilderij op de valreep toe aan de grote tentoonstelling over Alma-Tadema die op 1 oktober in Leeuwarden opent.

Het portret toont de etser Leopold Löwenstam terwijl hij bezig is een werk van de schilder te reproduceren. Prenten als deze werden internationaal verspreid en maakten Alma-Tadema wereldberoemd. De schilder schonk het doek aan de vrouw van Löwenstam, de geliefde nanny van de dochters van Alma-Tadema. Het schilderij was in 1913 voor het laatst in het openbaar te zien en is een van de tachtig schilderijen die van over de hele wereld naar het Fries Museum komen.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Portret van Leopold Löwenstam, de etser, 1883, olieverf op doek, particuliere collectie, wordt gehangen in het Fries Museum. Foto: Marchje Andringa.

press release

Art expert stunned by one of the “best pictures ever seen on Antiques Roadshow”– a lost, important portrait by Victorian artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema


Antiques Roadshow on BBC One this Sunday (25 September, 8.00pm) features a stunning discovery described as “one of the best pictures ever seen” by Antiques Roadshow pictures expert Rupert Maas. 

Rupert Maas said:  “Alma-Tadema was a Victorian Neoclassical painter, whose paintings inspired Cecil B de Mille - he is the most valuable Victorian artist today.”

The portrait, featuring the engraver Leopold Löwenstam, was brought to Antiques Roadshow’s filming day at Arley Hall, near Norwich, in Cheshire in June by the subject’s great-great grandson.

He told Rupert Maas:  "My great-great grandfather (Leopold Löwenstam) and the artist were close family friends and my great-great grandmother was the governess of Tadema’s children. The portrait was a wedding present in 1883 and it was exhibited at the Royal Academy a year later in 1884."

Rupert said:   “Tadema holds the record for a Victorian painting at $36 million for an enormous picture sold in New York a few years ago. This one doesn't quite reach that because it's not of a Neoclassical subject and it's not huge. But it is very, very good, and shows another, more painterly side of his work than the girls in togas sitting on marble benches that he is known for. I think this might be one of the best pictures we've ever seen on the Roadshow in its entire history. There are hardly any portraits of engravers at work at all, and this is one of the most telling and beautiful."

Viewers will have to wait until Antiques Roadshow is broadcast on Sunday (25 September) BBC One 8.00pm to find out the actual valuation, however the news astonished the owner and raised a gasp from onlookers.

Since the programme was filmed, the portrait has been restored and it will feature as part of the international touring exhibition of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s work, organised by the Dutch Museum of Friesland, starting 1 October 2016 in Leeuwarden (European Capital of Culture 2018) and coming to Leighton House in London in the fall of 2017.

Antiques Roadshow pictures expert Rupert Maas said:  “The news of the discovery of this lost important work has stunned the art world and I’m delighted people will get the chance to see it restored and alongside other great works.”

Curator of the Museum of Friesland and the exhibition, Marlies Stoter said:  “We are delighted that a portrait of Leopold Löwenstam has surfaced. The etcher was very important to Alma-Tadema. The careers of both men have many similarities, they left The Netherlands at an early age and moved to London in the beginning of the 1870’s. Soon after they became acquainted they started working together. Löwenstam then fell in love with Alice Search, the nanny of Alma-Tadema’s daughters, and they married. The reproduction prints Löwenstam made after Alma-Tadema’s master pieces helped to make the painter famous. We are delighted to hang their portraits next to each other in our exhibition.”

Watch Antiques Roadshow from Arley Hall on BBC One, 8.00pm, Sunday 25 September.

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