Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898) was a master of drawing, painted glass, and ceramic art. Initially fascinated by Botticelli, Mantegna, and Michelangelo, he later turned to Gabriel Rossetti and the early Pre-Raphaelites. Little concerned with the details of daily reality, he probed medieval literature for new themes and produced works that idolise Victorian values and the Englishwoman. These ancient legends gave him a freedom of expression denied elsewhere in a Victorian society. Famous if not notorious for always dressing in black, Burne-Jones was the epitome of licentiousness, as a recent London exhibition made delightfully plain to all.
Patrick Bade is a leading art historian and international guest speaker. Previous publications by Parkstone International include works on Beardsley, Renoir, and Rops.
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