Madeleine Emerald Thiele

The Victorian Butterfly muses upon Art, Angels & other stuff in between.

The Burne-Jones Retrospective at Tate Britain



John Ruskin on The Light of the World

To the Editor of the Times Sir, I trust that, with your usual kindness and liberality, you will give me room in your columns for a few words respecting the principal Pre-Raphaelite picture in the Exhibition of the Royal Academy... Continue Reading →

Edward Burne-Jones at the Tate

‘I mean for my pictures to be a beautiful dream’ Edward Burne-Jones Tate Britain’s major Edward Burne-Jones retrospective closes in a few weeks. The rich petrol teals, the deep blues and the nearly papal purples of the Tate’s sensuous exhibition... Continue Reading →

The Wine of Circe by Rossetti

Dusk-haired and gold-robed o’er the golden wine She stoops, wherein, distilled of death and shame, Sink the black drops; while, lit with fragrant flame, Round her spread board the golden sunflowers shine. Doth Helios here with Hecaté combine (O Circe,... Continue Reading →

Not Paolo, but Cheese

In a cloister of S. Miniato without Florence, also, he wrought the lives of the Holy Fathers, chiefly in terra-verde, and partly in colour; wherein he paid little regard to effecting harmony by painting with one colour, as should be... Continue Reading →

MCMXIV by Philip Larkin

Those long uneven lines Standing as patiently As if they were stretched outside The Oval or Villa Park, The crowns of hats, the sun On moustached archaic faces Grinning as if it were all An August Bank Holiday lark; And... Continue Reading →

See, even Night herself is here

Harvey: The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye

Professor John Harvey presented The Hearing Ear and the Seeing Eye: Transformative listening to the biblical image as a keynote for the inaugural Visual Theology conference in Chichester. Harvey’s manner is understated, his clothes often black - perhaps like his... Continue Reading →

CfP: Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites: Sacre Conversazioni

In association with Marlborough College, The Visual Theology Symposia present: Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites: Sacre Conversazioni Saturday 21st and 22nd September, 2019 ‘All great art is praise’ John Ruskin This conference aims to celebrate the life and work of John Ruskin... Continue Reading →

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