Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema: Vespasian hearing from one of his generals of the taking of Jerusalem by Titus (1866)

All of this rich and exacting observation is subordinated to the dramatic moment—albeit understated: the news recounted in the dispatch. Vespasian, seated on a painted chair lined with a leopard skin, is illuminated by an unseen light source to his left. Standing with his face in shadow is the courier, waiting in deference as the emperor absorbs the information he is reading. Continue reading “Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema: Vespasian hearing from one of his generals of the taking of Jerusalem by Titus (1866)”