The Light of the Harem, 1880: Canvas Replica Painting: Grande
By artist Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), in a Private Collection
A young servant holds a mirror so the exquisitely beautiful maiden may see as she wraps her lavish silken headdress to best effect. Painted after the artist's visit to Damascus in 1873, the work combines elements of rich Orientalism with a thoroughly western model, Dorothy Dene. The acknowledged leader of the Victorian classical school of painting, Leighton served as leader of the Royal Academy and was made a full baron, the only English artist ever to receive this honor. The authentic stretched canvas replica painting captures the original work's texture, depth of color, and even its subtle brushstrokes, which are applied by hand exclusively for Design Toscano. Our replica European style, bright gold-toned, ribbed frame is cast in quality designer resin with an acanthus leaf and floret border that draws the eye toward the beautiful image.
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Grande: 36.75"Wx49.25"H framed (28.5"Wx41"H image size, 4.375"W frame)
Lord Frederic Leighton (1830-1896)

Lord Frederic Leighton, the undisputed figurehead of the Victorian classical school of painting, was an English painter and sculptor. Leighton painted mythological, Biblical and historical subjects in the style that established his reputation in England an in art history. Leighton loved the rich colors of the Spanish and Egyptian landscapes and he painted much in those countries.

Leighton began his art studies at the age of 10 in Rome and traveled all over Europe studying the masters and gaining firsthand knowledge of the cultural and artistic treasures. Unlike most major 19th-century artists, Leighton did not attend the Royal Academy. In 1855, Leighton's painting Cimbue's Madonna Carried in Procession through the Streets of Florence was exhibited at the Royal Academy and later purchased by Queen Victoria.

In the late 19th-century, an interest in Hellenism led Leighton away from historical paintings and to mythological paintings during a time when Greek fashion allowed women a freedom of movement and lifestyle. Leighton's paintings, such as Flaming June, soon became the talk of London.

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