28 August 2017

Alma Tadema Cinematic Blockbuster Painting – By Edward Lucie-Smith

At first glance, the late Victorian grandee who works is now in a show at Leighton House, and today’s culture hero Damien Hirst, leader of the YBA revolution of the 1990s, would seem to have little in common.

28 November 2014


ArtBytch: Black Spider Memos, Victorian Excess, And Smell-O-Vision Art At Leighton House

Art history generally lauds the arrival of democracy in Greece in the 5th Century BC, accompanied by a similarly noble pinnacle of super-naturalism in sculpture; that is, a form of art generally received as characteristically ‘pure’, or ‘above nature’. The arrival of the rule of law signified the backbone upon which democracy continues to structure […]

19 November 2014

Victorian Obsession: New Leighton House Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition Infused With Decadence

A Victorian Obsession, offers a rare opportunity to see paintings by famous as well as lesser known Pre-Raphaelites, in one of their natural habitats: Lord Leighton’s exquisite and opulent former live-in-work space, a mansion which was turned into the Leighton House Museum soon after his death. Some of the paintings on display were actually produced […]

7 June 2014


A Billionaire’s Obsession: Perez Simon Collection On Display At Leighton House

The Leighton House Museum in London will present a rarely seen collection of Victorian masterpieces of art belonging to the billionaire Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón. A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simón Collection at Leighton House Museum comprises 50 exceptional paintings from the largest Victorian private art collection outside Great Britain, shown for the […]

16 March 2013


Photographing Royal Academicians: Hockney, Gormley and Blake New Exhibition

A new exhibition of photographs of some of the most celebrated Royal Academicians of recent times, shown in the context of their studios, has opened in the romantic setting of Leighton House, a museum housed in the former home of Lord Leighton in Holland Park. One of the foremost painters and sculptors of his generation, […]