Leighton House Museum is the former home of Frederic Leighton, eminent Victorian artist, who painted luscious masterpieces such as Flaming June. His house is a jewel, a deep, exotic blue palace, worth visiting just to experience its beauty, but just at the moment they have a stunning collection of art on show. 'A Victorian Obsession' shows a collections of wonderful works, owned by the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón. This is a cross-section of extraordinary Victorian masterpieces, with paintings from Moore, Millais, Waterhouse, Alma Tadema and Leighton all on display. It has to be seen to be believed.
|In the Golden Days (1907) John Melhuish Strudwick|
|The Crystal Ball (1902) John William Waterhouse|
|Crenaia, the Nymph of the Dargle (1880) Frederic Leighton|
|The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888) Lawrence Alma-Tadema|
It is a very famous picture and very beautiful so it would be easy to brush off the horror of the image. I was astonished by the added extra that greeted you as you entered the room. The smell of roses assaults you as you approach the work. It is at first lovely but it becomes cloying and inescapable as the room is sealed off from the rest of the house. You are in a room with this massive, glowing canvas and you can smell the roses that are killing them. It is as extraordinary as it is disturbing. I now want more smell-o-vision exhibitions.
|'But, O, for the touch of a vanished hand...' (1896) Charles Perugini|
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