A variation of “Flaming June” ….

Flaming June is a painting by Sir Frederic Leighton, produced in 1895.

Painted with oil paints on a 47″ x 47″ square canvas, it is widely considered to be Leighton’s magnum opus, showing his classicist nature.

It is thought that the woman portrayed alludes to the figures of sleeping nymphs and naiads the Greeks often sculpted.


The (toxic) Oleander branch in the top right, symbolizes the fragile link between sleep and death.

The actress Dorothy Dene and Mary Lloyd, who was depicted in paintings by various Pre-Raphaelite artists, have been variously credited with modeling for the work.

Flaming June was auctioned in the 1960s, during a period of time known to be difficult for selling Victorian era paintings, where it failed to sell for its low reserve price of $140 USD (the equivalent of $840 in contemporary prices).

Afterward, it was promptly purchased by the Ponce Museum of Art in Ponce, Puerto Rico where it currently resides.


***Of course, the picture included here isn’t the original one. I thought that since the original does reside in the Ponce Art Museum …. this one with the Puerto Rican flag …. without intending to offend the artist or the admirers …. deserved a “showing” in this blog.**

Catch the real version here:


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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

6 thoughts on “A variation of “Flaming June” ….

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      • the link goes to a report that when a 99 year old woman died in her mansion, the nephew who had never been beyond the main reception room in his whole life, found a valuable sketch by Sir Frederic Leighton, which he made preliminary to painting Flaming June, and which was hanging behind the door of a small upstairs ante-room. the story of the woman’s marriage is a worthwhile skim as well.

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      • Flaming June is on posters all over the world, yet resides in the most unexpected of places – the municipal art museum of Puerto Rico’s second biggest city, Ponce, where it is known as “the Mona Lisa of the southern hemisphere”.
        It was snapped up by the governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Ferré, in 1963 for $1,000 (£660) when Pre-Raphaelites were still painfully out-of-fashion. But while experts were aware of the existence of the pencil and chalk preparatory drawing because it featured in an 1895 art magazine, they did not know its location.


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