Gorillas and cake. Love it.
The design of the Tang dynasty
Okay, I’m pretty much calling this one in now.
There’s still some bits and pieces I want to clean up and fix before I put it up on my society 6 shop, but I kind of feel like this one is basically finished for the mo’.
EDIT: This time with bonus correct spelling!
EDIT 2: Went back and cleaned up some of the stuff!
Flaming June, 1895, oil on canvas, 120 cm × 120 cm, location: Ponce Museum of Art, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
The painting is widely considered to be Leighton’s magnum opus, showing his classicist nature. It is thought that the woman portrayed alludes to the figures of sleeping nymphs and naiads the Greeks often sculpted. The (toxic) Oleander branch in the top right, symbolises the fragile link between sleep and death.
Dorothy Dene who was chosen by Leighton as the one woman “whose face and figure most closely tallied with his ideal” was also an English actress, and modeled for many of Leighton’s works. Dene was also was known as the most beautiful woman in England in the 1890s. Rumors implied that Leighton was in love with Dene before he died, but the artist and the model could never be married because of the long gap in their years – Leighton was seventy and Dene was only twenty-eight!
Flaming June was auctioned in the 1960s, during a period of time known to be difficult for selling Victorian era paintings, where it failed to sell for its low reserve price of $140 USD. But the painting gained immense popularity with the revival of the Victorian Era and was rescued from obscurity when it was purchased by the Ponce Museum of Art in Puerto Rico, where it currently resides.