Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June: the Mona Lisa of the southern hemisphere

By Skye Sherwin

The Victorian artist’s 1895 painting of a sleeping beauty blooms with tantalising, luxurious life

Unconscious women, be they sleeping, entranced or dead, are a bit of a fixture in Victorian painting. Frederic, Lord Leighton’s Flaming June is one of the most famous; the other is Millais’s drowning Ophelia.

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