Friday, October 12, 2012

Pre-Raphaelites


I strongly recommend the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition at Tate Britain. Millais' Ophelia, Holman Hunt's Light of the World and Rossetti's The Beloved are just three of the treasures amongst this trove. There are some wonderful William Morris textiles and examples of furniture painted by Burne-Jones. My favourites were three paintings by Burne-Jones telling the story of Perseus and Andromeda. The final in the series is shown above (apologies for poor copy): Perseus shows Andromeda the severed head of the Gorgon Medusa which he holds in his left hand, in the reflection of the water in the well. If she'd looked at the head directly, Andromeda would have been turned to stone by the Gorgon's curse.

6 Comments:

Anonymous kinglear said...

It is as you say a wonderful exhibition, and fully explains why Andrew Lloyd Webber has a substantial chunk of his wealth invested in these paintings. I have a very nice little Burne-Jones sketch in my study of a scene in a park with a louche gentleman trying to persuade what I take to be a nanny to go somewhere with him. What she intends to do with the baby I'm not sure. I do have a cousin who once parked a pram in the hall whilst upstairs with the Master....

8:39 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Lucky you, KL!

8:46 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

Maybe I should get on the Eurostar.

9:30 am  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

You must, ED, and have a coup de champagne with me!

10:46 am  
Blogger Eurodog said...

You're on, WW.

1:33 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Excellent ED - please e-mail me a date!

1:53 pm  

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