Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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

Alma Tadema at Leighton House Museum archive

The Fries Museum in Leeuwarden (Friesland), where Alma-Tadema lived as a boy, have expertly curated the current Leighton House exhibition, Alma Tadema: at Home in Antiquity. The exhibition arrived in London this July having come from the Belvedere, Vienna (which... Continue Reading →

Marry, and you will regret it…

Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the world’s foolishness, you will regret it; weep over it, you will regret that too;... Continue Reading →

Lockdown Joys

Merry Christmas!

Commentary on Travel Writing, Exotic Egypt

I have spent a couple of months in Egypt and despite having a loathing for the place, I have been back. And will probably go back again. There is something annoyingly pleasing about their way of life and the complete... Continue Reading →

She did not turn by Thomas Hardy

She did not turn, But passed foot-faint with averted head In her gown of green, by the bobbing fern, Though I leaned over the gate that led From where we waited with table spread; But she did not turn: Why... Continue Reading →

Visual Theology ii Conference Report

Visual Theology ii 21st and 22nd September 2019 Marlborough College Chapel: in association with Marlborough College, Wiltshire     Our two-day conference ‘Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites: Sacre Conversazioni’ was part of the international John Ruskin bicentenary celebrations. The event was held... Continue Reading →

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Saints & Symbols fundraising

Saints & Symbols, Pre-Raphaelite stained glass book fund raising appeal In 2015 Damozels & Deities, Pre-Raphaelite stained glass, 1870-1898 was published with text by William Waters and featuring photographs by Alastair Carew-Cox. Prior to that Angels & Icons, Pre-Raphaelite Stained Glass, 1850-1870 was published.... Continue Reading →

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