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Flaming June – Wikipedia

Creation & Symbolism: – Painting began as a motif for another work, ‘Summer Slumber.’ – Leighton adapted Michelangelo’s statue of ‘Night’ for the woman’s pose. […]

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Creation & Symbolism:
– Painting began as a motif for another work, ‘Summer Slumber.’
– Leighton adapted Michelangelo’s statue of ‘Night’ for the woman’s pose.
– Leighton struggled with the woman’s position, creating multiple sketches.
– The oleander branch symbolizes the link between sleep and death.

Ownership & Provenance:
– Initially owned by The Graphic magazine as a Christmas gift.
– Rediscovered in the 1960s in a Battersea home.
– Purchased for less than $1,000 in 1960 by Luis A. Ferré for the Museo de Arte de Ponce.
– Displayed in various museums worldwide since being part of the Museo de Arte de Ponce’s collection.

Models & Inspiration:
– The woman’s body remains unknown, speculated faces are Dorothy Dene or Mary Lloyd.
– Mary Lloyd, a successful model, posed for Leighton in the 1890s.
– Dorothy Dene and Mary Lloyd were Leighton’s favorite models.
– Mary Lloyd posed for other Leighton works like ‘Lachrymae’ and ‘Twixt Hope and Fear.’

Reception & References:
– Various sources have analyzed and discussed ‘Flaming June.’
– The painting has been displayed in prestigious museums and exhibitions.
– Original studies and color study for the painting have been presented and exhibited.
– The painting has been featured in articles, press releases, and art reviews.

Location & Details:
– Housed at the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico.
– Currently on loan to the Royal Academy of Arts in London until January 12, 2025.
– Measures 47 by 47 inches and was painted in 1895.
– Depicts a sleeping woman in a sensuous Academic style.
– Leighton’s use of color, light, and realism is characteristic of his work.

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