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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 143

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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...

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