Leighton House Museum is delighted to partner once again with Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia to present a very special talk by Senior Curator, Daniel Robbins, exploring a landmark exhibition for Leighton House, opening on Friday 4 November. Flaming June: The Making of an Icon (4 November 2016 – 2 April 2017) showcases Leighton’s celebrated masterpiece, reunited with other four paintings that the eminent Victorian artist submitted to the Royal Academy in 1895, only a few months before his death.
Depicting a sensual, sun-drenched, sleeping female figure wrapped in orange draperies against a Mediterranean backdrop, Flaming June will be shown beside The Maid with Golden Hair, Twixt Hope and Fear and Candida, loaned from private collections and Lachrymae coming from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The re-gathering of these pictures places Flaming June back into the context of its original exhibition, providing a compelling starting-point for exploring its history.
Daniel Robbins is Senior Curator, Museums with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and is responsible for Leighton House Museum and 18 Stafford Terrace, two of London’s best-loved house museums. He has organised many exhibitions and has contributed to numerous catalogues and publications around nineteenth-century art, architecture and design, including the authorship of the companion guidebook to Leighton House Museum published in 2011. He was also responsible for leading the award-winning project to refurbish and restore Leighton House, completed between 2008 and 2010.