Lord Leighton's masterpiece returns to London

Lord Leighton's masterpiece returns to London
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The Royal Academy of Arts offers the opportunity to rediscover one of the masterpieces of Victorian art. It is the painting Flaming June created by the English pre-Raphaelite painter and sculptor Sir Frederich Leighton, first baron with this name, a title he held for just one day, dying of a heart attack the next day and thus extinguishing the noble line of the same name. One of the most famous paintings in the world, where the protagonist is a softly crouching woman. She sleeps, wrapped in a light and transparent dress, bright orange. She recalls the pose of the Doni Tondo and the Notte sculpture from the group of sculptures that adorn the Sagrestia Nuova in the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Florence. Works created by Michelangelo, a Master that Frederich Leighton had certainly studied during his long stays in Florence. Flaming June is also a return. After enjoying great celebrity until the 1930s, Leighton's painting was forgotten. It reappeared at an auction in the early 1960s where it did not sell, although the price was today's equivalent of about $1.000. Shortly afterwards it was purchased by the Museo de Arte de Ponce of Puerto Rico, which for this occasion loaned it to the Royal Academy in London.

Paolo Mastazza - © 2024 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London
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