Artist Frederic, Lord Leighton is one of the titans of Victorian art. His classically inspired paintings are as much admired for their dignity and grace as for their flawlessly beautiful technique. For these reasons, Leighton was a well respected and successful artist even during his own lifetime. Indeed, his glorious artistic career represented the pinnacle of achievement for a painter during Victoria's reign.
Frederic Leighton was born in Scarborough, England, in 1830. The early years of his life were spent travelling and absorbing European art and culture. This exposure to some of the world's great art works must have had a lasting impression on the young man, and influenced Leighton's decision to become an artist himself. Inspiration from Italy, for example, can be seen in such paintings as A Roman Lady (La Nanna) of 1859 and the equally striking Pavonia, which was painted in the same year. In time, Leighton's mature style emerged. Leighton tended to focus on Classical subjects, such as The Garden of the Hesperides, Antigone, and The Return of Persephone. In honor of his accomplishments as an artist, Leighton was made a President of the Royal Academy in 1878, the same year he was Knighted.
More about the art and life of Lord Leighton.
The Art of Lord Leighton
In this beautiful book, author Christopher Newall examines the life and works of eminent Victorian artist Frederic Leighton. The chapters deal with Leighton's evolution as a painter, from his early phase as "The Outsider", to success as "The President of the Royal Academy". And there are plenty of gorgeous color images to complement the text.
The Art Book
This book is sure to enhance any art lover's library. Color images grace the pages, and every picture is accompanied by a concise description of each featured work and artist.