Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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


Madeleine Emerald Thiele

The Victorian Butterfly muses on Pre-Raphaelite Art and the stuff in between.

A Mini Old Testament Pre-Raphaelite Curation

This small curation of Old Testament images by the Pre-Raphaelites, a radical nineteenth century group of artists and poets, gives you a glimpse into their interest in visual typology. Although now known for images of luscious sensual women, the Pre-Raphaelites... Continue Reading →

Arthur Boyd and Psychological Painting

Boyd, Nebuchadnezzar on fire falling over a waterfall (1966, NSW) The Book of Daniel is a visionary text, with stories that move between the courtly and visionary: with Kings and palaces and courtly feasts contrasted by desolation and angels and... Continue Reading →

Gruber and the Book of Job

Gruber, Job (1944, Tate) Francis Gruber (1912–1948) was a French artist, and founder of the Nouveau Réalisme school. Not much is written about Gruber, but we know that he began to exhibit when he was only 18 years old. His work is often... Continue Reading →

Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts – out soon!

  Visual Theology are delighted to announce that our edited volume Transforming Christian Thought in the Visual Arts: Theology, Aesthetics, and Practice will be shortly published, and should be available to purchase from June! Order here from Routledge.

John Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Religious Imagination – out 2022!

We are delighted to announce a forthcoming publication with Palgrave Macmillan, due out 2022. John Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Religious Imagination: Sacre Conversazioni  This book stems from Visual Theology 's 2019 conference, which we organised and ran at Marlborough College. 

The Real Meaning of Christmas…

Merry Communist Christmas! x

Merry Christmas!

  May next year be a better one! x


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others,... 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 →

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