A masterpiece of British painting, Frederic Leighton’s dazzling Flaming June from the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico is a response to one of the most famously erotic images of the Renaissance, Leda and the Swan by Michelangelo. Leighton was a proponent of “art for art’s sake,” and Flaming June demonstrates his dedication to this nineteenth-century pursuit of beauty shared by most of the radical artists of his generation. In this book, published in conjunction with an exhibition, Pablo Pérez d’Ors’s discussion of the painting’s fascinating history and interpretation is complemented by Susan Grace Galassi’s exploration of the evolution of this celebrated work through its preparatory stages.
Authors: Susan Grace Galassi and Pablo Pérez d’Ors
Publisher: The Frick Collection