I’ve broadened the title of this feature, because many of the artists I’ve included were not, technically, Pre-Raphaelites. That’s true of Sir Frederic Leighton, whose “Flaming June” is today’s painting.
“Flaming June” is Leighton’s masterpiece. It’s difficult to understand how anyone could look at this magnificent painting and not be captivated, but that hasn’t always been the case. For much of the first half of the 20th Century, Victorian art was scorned and out of fashion. “Flaming June” was put up for auction in the 1960s, and failed to meet its reserve price: $140.
“Flaming June” is in the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
The last time I was in London, I visited Lord Leighton’s Holland Park house, which has been turned into a museum. The Arab Hall at the Leighton House Museum is one of The Great Rooms. I had it to myself for the better part of an hour. Rapture.