I posted a note last Spring about the history of Sir Frederic Leighton’s “Flaming June”, and my visit to Lord Leighton’s Holland Park house. Now comes word that the masterpiece will be visiting the US next summer.
“Flaming June” was last seen in the US in 1997, as part of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art entitled “The Victorians: British Painting in the Reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901”. For me, the show was quite literally life-changing. I visited it more than half a dozen times, and it completely changed the way I thought about art. It was then that I fell in love w/the Pre-Raphaelites.