Artwork Title: The Roses Of Heliogabalus - Artist Name: Lawrence Alma-Tadema

The Roses Of Heliogabalus

Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1888

52 x 84 inch
This is one of his most famous paintings. It depicts the Roman Emperor Egabalus (Heliogabalus), a debauched psychotic. In this episode, he is attempting to smother his unsuspecting audience with rose petals, which have been let loose from false ceiling panels. Alma-Tadema wanted each petal to be as perfectly realistic as possible, and had shipments of rose petals sent to him from the Riviera over the winter of 1887-1888, so he would have fresh examples.
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