Dutch Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema worked in London, as member of the Royal Academy. He produced scenes of daily life from the Roman Imperial history that reflected aspirations the British Empire. Here a nude girl scrapes off oil from her skin "In the Tepidarium" part of the Roman bath house. Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, near Liverpool, England. Bought with money from the Lever soap firm. Painted 1881.
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"Young Woman standing at a Virginal" by Vermeer, hanging in the National Gallery, London is a festive late work of circa 1670-72 with great luminosity, executed with precision. It shows a young woman standing upright in profile, playing a virginal with both hands. The raised lid of the harpsichord shows a landscape, which was recently recognised as a work by the Delft painter Groenewegen.
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