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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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List of Illustrations ........................................................................................................ ix Foreword by Alicia Faxon.......................................................................................... xxi Acknowledgments ..................................................................................................... xxiii Introduction .................................................................................................................xxv Part I. Paragone: Edward Burne-Jones and Italian Renaissance Artists Chapter One: Paragone: Edward Burne-Jones and Italian Renaissance Artists ........................................................................................................................ 3 Chapter Two: Edward Burne-Jones’ Interpretation of Botticelli’s Female Imagery: Paragone and Rinascita.............................................................................. 5 Chapter Three: Edward Burne-Jones’ Love Among the Ruins and Francesco Colonna’s Dream of Poliphilo: A Paragone of Love ........................................... 11 Part II. Mythical Cycles: Sagas of Love, Enchantment, and Strife Chapter Four: Sagas of Love, Enchantment, and Strife ........................................ 21 Chapter Five: Edward Burne-Jones’ Pygmalion and Galatea: A Transformation of Love .................................................................................. 23 Chapter Six: Edward Burne-Jones’ Cupid and Psyche: An Ardent Tale ................. 34 Chapter Seven: Edward Burne-Jones’ Romaunt of the Rose: A Quest for Love .................................................................................................. 41 Chapter Eight: Edward Burne-Jones’ Andromeda and Perseus: An Ovidian Tale .................................................................................................... 56 Chapter Nine: Edward Burne-Jones’ The Story of Troy: A Saga of Love and Strife .................................................................................... 82 Contents viii Part III. Narrative Paintings: Love, Music, and the femme fatale Chapter Ten: Edward Burne-Jones’ Love Songs: Art, Music, and Magic .........103 Chapter Eleven: The Fair Lady and The Virgin in Pre-Raphaelite Art: The Evolution of a Societal Myth ....................................................................118 Chapter Twelve: Edward Burne-Jones’ The Sirens: Magical Whispers ...............132 Illustrations ..................................................................................................................143 Notes ............................................................................................................................215 Selected Bibliography.................................................................................................255 Index.............................................................................................................................265

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