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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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Illustrations Cover: Edward Burne-Jones, Female Musician, 1866 Fig. 94. Edward Burne-Jones, Female Musician, 1866. Whitworth Art Gallery (inv 4654), Manchester, UK Photo credit: Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK Fig. 1. Johann Zofanny, Charles Towneley’s and Friends in his London Library at 7 Park Street, Westminster, 1782...........................................................................143 Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley, Lancashire, UK Photo credit: Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley, Lancashire, UK, The Bridgeman Art Library Fig. 2. Frederick Hollyer, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, 1874 ..............144 Photograph Inv. 771. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK/ Art Resource, NY. Photo credit: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK/ Art Resource, NY Fig. 3. Edward Burne-Jones, Maria Cassavetti Zambaco, 1866 ...............................145 Wightwick Manor, Warwickshire, UK. Photo credit: National Trust Photo Library, Art Resource, NY Fig. 4. Botticelli, Primavera, 1475 ..............................................................................146 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo credit: Uffizi Gallery/Art Resource, NY Fig. 5. Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1485 .......................................................................146 Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo credit: Uffizi Gallery/Art Resource, NY Fig 6. Edward Burne-Jones, The Three Graces, drawing, 1880s.............................147 Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Photo credit: Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (1898P22) Fig. 7. Edward Burne-Jones, Venus Concordia, 1871 ..............................................148 Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, UK Photo credit: Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, UK/The Bridgeman Art Gallery (WHT 162241) Fig. 8. Edward Burne-Jones, Venus Discordia, 1871...............................................148 Photo credit: Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, UK Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, UK/The Bridgeman Art Gallery (WHT 162242) List of Illustrations x Fig. 9. Edward Burne-Jones, The Garden of...

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