TRAVELS WITH LORD LEIGHTON

On the Road to…

With this programme of films and travelogues, we share beautiful performances by exceptional musicians and armchair travel with Leighton to some of the countries he loved. Be inspired by the artworks Leighton collected and the sketches and paintings he made whilst abroad to get creative at home.

 

ON THE ROAD TO TURKEY

Leighton made a long trip across Greece, Austria and Turkey in 1867 and made many pencil and oil sketches as he travelled. Leighton collected Iznik plates to decorate the walls of his house, the dining room in particular. He appreciated the rich, exuberant colours and patterns.

 

LISTEN TO 'A SIRTO', a vibrant and uplifting dance which grew extremely popular in the 19th century, performed by the French-Tunisian Harkan Duo.

 

ON THE ROAD TO SPAIN

Leighton's visited Spain at least four times, between 1865 and 1869. His attraction for the Peninsula, although fascinating, is little-researched and it is only known through half a dozen landscape studies, often unidentified, and a lecture given to the students of the Royal Academy in 1889.

 

LISTEN TO 'ASTURIAS' performed by the Harkan Duo. 'Asturias' is a beautiful piece by renown Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). Despite the name, the music is not considered suggestive of the folk music of the northern Spanish region of Asturias, but rather of Andalusian traditions, a region that Leighton depicted in many of his delicate colour sketches.

 

ON THE ROAD TO ITALY

Leighton made a point of visiting his beloved Italy every year and found the country a constant source of inspiration. It was also in Italy that he made two of the most significant friendships of his life, with the Italian artist Giovanni Costa and the singer Adelaide Sartoris.

 

LISTEN TO ITALIAN COMPOSERS Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757) and Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671 – 1751), performed by the brilliant classical guitarist Santy Masciarò, featuring the following pieces: Sonata K.380 by Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti and Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni.

 

The Arab Hall inscriptions

A new research sheds new light into the inscriptions found in Leighton's Arab Hall and presents fascinating insights into the meaning of the poems and Quran quotations featured in his stunning collection of tiles. Findings also suggest Leighton's aesthetic aspirations when designing the arrangement of the tiles on the walls, dismissing some of the rules of Arabic calligraphy to favour elements like symmetry or harmony in the colour scheme.

DOWNLOAD THE BOOKLET about Arab Hall inscriptions

 


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