Edmund Leighton - Art History

Edmund Leighton was born in 1853, the son of painter Charles Blair Leighton. Edmund studied at the Royal Academy Schools. While he painted some modern scenes, he is best known for his romantic, medieval paintings. These usually focus on young knights in armor, and young maidens with long, flowing hair and beautifully textured dresses. He did extremely well at capturing the nuances of fabric and hair.

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Some of his best known works are The Accolade (above), Tristan and Isolde, and God Speed, where the woman is tying a favor onto the arm of a knight riding off to battle. One of my favorites, which is less known, shows a woman sitting on a castle turret, stitching a yellow standard. It truly shows off his skill in portraying fabrics.

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