“Flaming June”, Frederic, Lord Leighton’s greatest painting, has come home, but only for a visit.
“‘Flaming June’, Leighton’s masterpiece and one of the most celebrated paintings of 19th century British art, returns to the house where it was painted alongside the other paintings that the artist and President of the Royal Academy, submitted for the Summer Exhibition in 1895, only a few months before he died.”
—Leighton House Museum
The painting was exhibited at The Frick Collection in New York during the summer of 2015. Frick Senior Curator Susan Grace Galassi talks about the history and significance of “Flaming June” in this brief video:
The Leighton House showing began last November, and will run through March 2017. The museum is offering a full schedule of events, including workshops, tours, musical performances, and a multi-media play in Leighton’s studio exploring the relationship between the artist and Dorothy Dene, his model, muse and confidante.
Whenever I’m in London, I visit two locations: The Victoria and Albert Museum, and Leighton House. The V&A is the world’s leading museum of decorative arts and design, and the Leighton House Museum is…something else.
The great glory of Leighton House is the Arab Room, pictured above. I’ve spent hours there. I plan to spend hours more in the future.
Leighton House was the Holland Park home and studio of Frederic, Lord Leighton, who lived there alone for more than 30 years. As the most famous British artist of the late 19th century and the President of the Royal Academy of Arts, he entertained many of the most eminent Victorians in the Arab Room, including, in 1859, Queen Victoria herself.
Note: The current header for this blog is a detail from Leighton’s “Cimabue’s Celebrated Madonna is carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence”.