Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity (7 July-29 October 2017)
The largest exhibition devoted to the celebrated Victorian artist to be held in London since 1913, At Home in Antiquity explored Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity and how this interest related to his own domestic circumstances expressed through the two remarkable studio-houses he created in St John’s Wood together with his wife Laura and daughters.
Organised by the Museum of Friesland, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (the artist’s home town), At Home in Antiquity found a perfect setting in Leighton’s own studio-house.
This exhibition was sponsored by Strutt & Parker and Christie’s International Real Estate, and supported by the Friends of Leighton House.
A Victorian Obsession: The Pérez Simón collection at Leighton House Museum (14 November 2014 – 6 April 2015)
This exhibition presented over fifty exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists. The pictures all belong to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón and form the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK.
Six important pictures by Leighton himself have returned to the house in which they were first painted. Also on display were outstanding pictures by Albert Moore, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, John William Waterhouse, Edward Poynter, John Strudwick and John William Godward. These artists knew Leighton and were entertained at his house.
The collection’s highlight is Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s magnificent The Roses of Heliogabalus, one of the most iconic images of Victorian art which is now exhibited in London for the first time since 1913. The combination of the house and the paintings made A Victorian Obsession an unmissable event and a one-off aesthetic experience for anyone interested in the art of the nineteenth century.