Frederic Leighton was at the heart of the burgeoning art world of late Victorian London. President of the Royal Academy from 1878 to 1896, he was instrumental in raising the status of art and artists, making a unique contribution to the cultural life of his time. This lecture explores aspects of his career and the part played by his extraordinary studio-house in establishing his reputation.
The critical reception of Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June, on loan to the Frick from the Museo de Arte de Ponce, has changed over time. Now considered a Victorian masterpiece, the painting suffered a period of disfavor during the mid-twentieth century. This lecture focuses on what there is in the painting to be loved — or hated.