Frederick Leighton, Flaming June, 1895, oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm, Museo de Arte, Ponce, Puerto Rico
Shortly after it was painted, the picture diasappeared, only to be found again in 1960. By that time Victorian art was no longer popular, and when exhibited at auction it failed to reach its reserve price of what would today amount to about $1400.
Shortly afterwords the canvas was bought by the Museum in Puerto Rico.
Since then, it has been exhibited all over world. Kenneth Clark, the author of the original TV series, “Civilisation” in 1969, stated that it was one of the most universally loved of all paintings.
BT, Meeting No 19, 26 June 2018