Frederic Leighton. Two Venetian Gentlemen, c. 1862-3.

Oil on canvas, 38.5 x 28.5 inches. Private collection.

"Leighton may possibly have intended a subject for this unfinished work, 'Bassanio and Antonio', for example . . . . it succeeds primarily as a virtuoso display of drapery painting" (Ormond 60-1). We see the same magnificent effect with draperies--a feature almost always prominent in Leighton's pictures--in the dresses of Juliet and her mother in The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets.