OIL PAINTING: Nausicaa, c.1878
An eclectic, cosmopolitan classicist, English Victorian painter Frederic Leighton continues to delight and surprise with his seductively poetic visions. His carefully composed paintings of elegant women , like Nausicaa fuse implicit sensuality, gorgeous color and fantastic juxtapositions. Leighton, elected president of London's Royal Academy in 1878, trained in Florence, Berlin, Rome, Frankfurt and Paris, and by synthesizing diverse influences of the Pre-Raphaelites, Venetian masters, the German Nazarene school, French classicism, etc. reimagined Greek mythology and the ancient world in boldly dramatic paintings suffused with mystery.