Flaming June: The Making of an Icon
4 Nov 2016 – 2 Apr 2017
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Lord Leighton's iconic 19th-century masterpiece returns to the house in which it was painted.
Before sending five of his paintings to be exhibited at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in 1895, Lord Leighton photographed them set up on easels in the home studio (now part of the museum) where he had created them. These works – the last he would submit to a public gallery before his death in January 1896 – are reunited at Leighton House for the first time this autumn.
Among them is Flaming June, a sensuous and beautiful work that has become one of the artist's most famous and celebrated pieces. The exhibition explores the pictures fascinating history; from its initial creation at Leighton House to its display at the RA and the critics' reaction, its 'disappearance' in the 20th century to its acquisition by the governor of Puerto Rico Luis A Ferré, who placed it in the Museo de Arte de Ponce in 1963 (its home today).