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Edward Burne-Jones’ Mythical Paintings

The Pygmalion of the Pre-Raphaelite Painters

Liana De Girolami Cheney

This book focuses on Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ mythical paintings from 1868 to 1886. His artistic training and traveling experiences, his love for the Greek-sculptress, Maria Zambaco, and his aesthetic sensibility provided the background for these mythical paintings. This book analyzes two main concepts: Burne-Jones’ assimilation of Neoplatonic ideal beauty as depicted in his solo and narrative paintings, and Burne-Jones’ fusion of the classical and emblematic traditions in his imagery.

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_color:NealArthur.qxd 11/11/2013 12:45 PM Page 1 www.peterlang.com Edward Burne-Jones’ Mythical Paintings P E T E R L A N G Edw ard Burne-Jones' M ythical Paintings C heney This book focuses on Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ mythical paint- ings from 1868 to 1886. His artistic training and traveling experiences, his love for the Greek-sculptress, Maria Zambaco, and his aesthetic sensibility provided the background for these mythical paintings. This book analyzes two main con- cepts: Burne-Jones’ assimilation of Neoplatonic ideal beauty as depicted in his solo and narrative paintings, and Burne-Jones’ fusion of the classical and emblematic traditions in his imagery. P ET ER LA N G THE PYGMALION OF THE PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTERS LIANA DE GIROLAMI CHENEY FOREWORD BY ALICIA FAXON Liana De Girolami Cheney is presently Investigadora de Historia de Arte, SIELAE, Universidad de Coruña, Spain, retired Professor of Art History, Chairperson of the Depart- ment of Cultural Studies at UMASS Lowell. Dr. Cheney received her B.S./B.A. in psychology and philosophy from the University of Miami, Florida, her M.A. in history of art and aesthetics from the University of Miami, Florida, and her Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance and Baroque from Boston University, Massachusetts. Dr. Cheney is a Pre- Raphaelite, Renaissance and Mannerism scholar, author, and coauthor of numer- ous articles and books, including: Botticelli’s Neo-Platonism Images; Neoplatonism and the Arts; Neoplatonic Aesthetics: Music, Literature, and the Visual Arts; The Paint- ings of the Casa Vasari; Readings in Italian Mannerism; The Homes of Giorgio Vasari (English and Italian); Self-Portraits...

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