OIL PAINTING: Xanthe and Phaon, 1883
Alma-Tadema's meticulous archaeological researches, including research into Roman architecture, which was so thorough that every building featured in his canvases could have been built using Roman tools and methods, led to his paintings being used as source material by Hollywood directors for films such as D. W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916) and most notably of all, Cecil B. deMille's epic remake of The Ten Commandments (1956). Indeed, Jesse Lasky Jr., the co-writer on The Ten Commandments, described how the director would unroll a large print of an Alma-Tadema painting before his set designers, and say "build me that!".
Another connection with the world of modern media is provided by Allen Funt, the creator and host of Candid Camera, who was a collector of Alma-Tadema paintings at a time when the artist's reputation in the 20th century was at its nadir.