Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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


Art Writing

Heroism: The Face of Thomas Carlyle

A fitting way to end a conference entitled Rediscovering Carlyle is to rediscover the face and the character of the man himself. The Rediscovering Carlyle conference at Oxford has shown us all aspects of Carlyle’s influence and legacy. We know... 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 →

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 →

Transforming (In)Sight: Millais’ The Blind Girl

John Everett Millais’ small oil painting The Blind Girl (1854 – 1856, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery) depicts two girls sitting in the middle of a field. It is one of his most original compositions which critics and galleries of... Continue Reading →

St. Paul’s-within-the-Walls: an MA synopsis

Claire Nicole Ptaschinski’s MA dissertation on the American Episcopal Church in Rome, St. Paul's-within-the-Walls is an interesting dive into art history’s dependency on viewing modernity and secularity as being symbiotic. Whilst this is not the central tenet of her thesis,... Continue Reading →

Lizzie Siddal: an interview with Jeremy Green

Five years ago, the play Lizzie Siddal appeared in the West End. Below is an interview with the playwright, Jeremy Green about the process of researching and writing the play. 1. I understand that your writing of the play Lizzie Siddal... Continue Reading →

An Ekphrastic Courtyard

Derek Mahon's poem, 'Courtyards in Delft' is based upon the world-renowned painting of the same name by Pieter de Hooch (1658, National Gallery). I stumbled across this poem when reading Stephen Cheeke's book Writing for Art: The Aesthetics of Ekphrasis... Continue Reading →

Photography is an Elegiac Art

Photography is an elegiac art, a twilight art. Most subjects photographed are, just by virtue of being photographed, touched with pathos. An ugly or grotesque subject may be moving because it has been dignified by the attention of the photographer.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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