Monday, February 26, 2007

Leighton's mirror image

As I prepared Chris’s tribute I thought to check on a note I had read recently in a book about a sketch Leighton had done supposedly for his Painting entitled “The Music Lesson”. Something wasn’t quite right.

On closer inspection it appears that the sketch is a mirrored version to the painting. I have never seen the painting in the flesh but I believe it to be the right way round here.

http://www.mezzo-mondo.com/arts/mm/leighton/LEF010.html

This sketch from a book of some of his drawings and studies (published in 1896 by The Fine Arts Society) one assumes is the right way round too.



Here we have the two seated together in another painting equally well known but this way round in the sketch Daphnephoria and in the painting:

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever/collections/thedaphnephoria.asp



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5 Comments:

Blogger Gawain said...

what is it about thighs that makes them more alluring when they are partially obstructed from view by flowing flods of cloth?

1:12 am  
Blogger Erik said...

But also: the painting is quite clear, the same couple of figures in the drawings are so mysterious!

7:42 pm  
Blogger Robert said...

Now Gawain, Ralph Brown has taken this one a stage further. Have a look at this and the others he has done in similar vein.

http://www.numberninethegallery.com/index_numbernine.php?image=ralphbrown_92

6:38 pm  
Blogger Gawain said...

Ah, yes, but thighs somehow work better for me that buttocks!

12:13 am  
Blogger Robert said...

Try this then:

http://www.numberninethegallery.com/index_numbernine.php?image=ralphbrown_90

10:55 am  

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