The Maid with Golden Hair

Frederic Lord Leighton, P. R. A. (1830-1896)


Oil on canvas

83.2 cm x 61.6 cm

Installation shot from the exhibition, "Flaming June: The Making of an Icon" (4 November 2016 - 2 April 2017), at the Leighton House museum

Photo: Kevin Moran (slightly adjusted)

Courtesy: Leighton House Museum

Contemporaneous with Leighton's now more famous Flaming June, this painting is suffused with a lighter golden light, and the young woman's rippling auburn hair is more defined against her loose, pale yellow peignoir — which has a little green ribbon, perhaps carelessly tied, peeping out between its ruffled edges. [Commentary continues below. Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links.]