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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 Fig. 1. Johann Zofanny, Charles Towneley’s and Friends in his London Library at 7 Park Street, Westminster, 1782 Illustrations144 Fig. 2. Frederick Hollyer, Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris, 1874 Illustrations 145 Fig. 3. Edward Burne-Jones, Maria Cassavetti Zambaco, 1866 Illustrations146 Fig. 4. Botticelli, Primavera, 1475 Fig. 5. Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1485 Illustrations 147 Fig 6. Edward Burne-Jones, The Three Graces, drawing, 1880s Illustrations148 Fig. 7. Edward Burne-Jones, Venus Concordia, 1871 Fig. 8. Edward Burne-Jones, Venus Discordia, 1871 Illustrations 149 Fig. 9. Edward Burne-Jones, The Garden of the Hesperides, 1870–73 Fig. 10. Edward Burne-Jones, Venus Epithaliam, 1871 Illustrations150 Fig. 11. Edward Burne-Jones, Love Among the Ruins, 1870–1894 Illustrations 151 Fig. 12A. Francesco Colonna, Poliphilo Among the Ruins, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Aldus Manutius, Venice 1499 Fig. 12B. Francesco Colonna, Polia and Poliphilo Among the Ruins, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Aldus Manutius, Venice 1499 Illustrations152 Fig. 14. Edward Burne-Jones, Design for a Musical Instrument Fig. 13. Edward Burne-Jones, Lament, 1868 Illustrations 153 Fig. 15. Edward Burne-Jones, The Soul Attains, 1867 Fig. 16. Edward Burne-Jones, Cupid and Psyche, 1865–72 (reversed image) Illustrations154 Fig. 17. Edward Burne-Jones, Briar Rose Cycle (det), 1864–90 Fig. 18. Edward Burne-Jones, Pilgrim and Love Through the Briars, 1877–87 Illustrations 155 Fig. 19. Francesco Colonna, Architecture (det), Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Aldus Manutius, Venice 1499 Fig. 20. Francesco Colonna, Singing Tree, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, Aldus Manutius, Venice 1499 Illustrations156 Fig. 21. Edward Burne-Jones, The Tree of Forgiveness (Phyllis and Demophoön), 1870 Fig. 22. Edward Burne-Jones, The Tree of Forgiveness,...

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