Painters Paintings Frederic Leighton (1830 – 1896): Cymon and Iphigenia, 1884, oil on canvas, 163…
Painters Work Frederic Leighton (1830 – 1896): Cymon and Iphigenia, 1884, oil on canvas, 163 x 328 cm, Artwork Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Not solely president of the Royal Academy however a Peer of the Realm, Frederick Leighton occupied a uniquely privileged place within the creative and social institution of Victorian England.
Leighton’s style, was for ceremonial preparations of fantastically draped figures in classical environment. The up to date realities of commercial England made no look in his work, which is unashamedly nostalgic and idealising.
The languorous splendour of ‘Cymon and Iphigenia’ – the story of a uncooked youth dropped at ethical excellence by the revelation of female magnificence – completely expresses the technical finesse and intense eroticism of Leighton’s type. Iphigenia’s extraordinary undulations betray a sensuous sensibility fairly as a lot because the artist’s compulsory scrutiny of classical statuary. The direct supply of the narrative is Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron’, through which the well-born and good-looking younger Galesus was renamed Cymon – which means beast – on account of his brutishness. On a gentle afternoon in Might, Cymon chanced upon the sleeping Iphigenia, sensing without delay that she was ‘the loveliest object that any mortal being had ever seen’. Falling immediately in love, he turned a lifelong devotee of magnificence and philosophy. (Artwork Gallery of New South Wales)