Leighton and his circle: Victorian art and society
Art history weekend
1 June 2024 10am - 5pm2 June 2024 10am - 5pm
Wolfson British Academy Room | Burlington Gardens
£420. Includes light refreshments and a wine reception at the end of day one.
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With the arrival at the Royal Academy of Flaming June, Frederic Leighton’s most celebrated masterpiece, join us for a weekend exploring Leighton’s life and work.
Frederic, Lord Leighton served as President of the Royal Academy for 18 years (1878-1896). Ever since his first submission to the Summer Exhibition in 1855 was acquired by Queen Victoria on the opening day, it was clear that he would make an important contribution to British Art and to the future of the Royal Academy.
Flaming June, one of his most iconic paintings, will be on loan from the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico, from February 2024. This loan presents a rare opportunity to bring the work ‘home’ to the Academy – the first time since our major Leighton exhibition in 1996, twenty-eight years ago.
This course will take Flaming June as its starting point and will uncover Leighton’s life and work. It will explore his influences and painting techniques, his relationship with the Royal Academy as well as his place within Victorian society. We will look at the home studio he built – now the Leighton House Museum – and the artistic community there which became known as the “Holland Park Circle”.
The course will be led by art historians, curators and experts on Leighton and Victorian society. No prior knowledge is required but debate and discussion are encouraged.
Minimum age 18. If you have any access requirements that you’d like to discuss, please contact email@example.com.
About the speakers
Dr Gursimran Oberoi is an art historian who specialises in the international reception histories of British Victorian painting and sculpture. Gursimran has published on wider themes of nineteenth-century art, reception, gender, race, and radicalism and has an upcoming book, Global Watts: Symbolism, Fame and Activism (1880-Present Day). She recently wrote about the earliest iconoclasm against art in the name of Women’s Suffrage in ‘Victorian Paintings Under Attack: The Earliest Act of Suffrage Iconoclasm (1913)’ and Pre-Raphaelitism in ‘The Collective Self-Portrait: Drawing Elizabeth Siddal in the New Woman Sisterhood’ in the catalogue accompanying Tate Britain’s 2023 exhibition, The Rossettis.
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