Actaea, the Nymph of the Shore, 1868: Medium

By artist Frederic Leighton (1830-1896) in the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa

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Both the Greek Nereid Actaea and the jumping dolphins seen in the blue waters of the Aegean in this treasured work are fabled to befriend sailors caught in dangerous storms. English painter and sculptor Sir Frederic Leighton was honored for his artistic contributions with awards including the Prix de Rome and the French Legion d'Honneur. 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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      Medium: 29.25"Wx19.75"H framed (21"Wx11.5"H image size 4.375"W frame)
  • About The Artist

      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 ten 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. This was the commencement of a glittering career and lasting fame.

      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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