Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Flaming December

I saw the cover of Vogue for December 2013 and my brain set on fire. I'd seen this pose before, I knew it from art history. Without intending it, a voracious need to Google and solve this compare-and-contrast suddenly overtook me. And after too long searching various iterations of reclining women in dresses, I found the match in Frederic Leighton's 'Flaming June' of 1895. Quite the thrilling evocation, demonstration of timeless inspiration. Would make quite a thrilling start to a high school art history class...

1 comment:

ewa monika zebrowski said...

I think the photographer does not even come close to evoking the emotion of the painting!
Too bad, he could have taken a more evocative photograph without too much trouble.
If the photographer had been Deborah Tuberville the
photo might even have surpassed the painting!
I will look up the credit line.