Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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



Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery

On the first of October, the National Gallery opens their tale of two contemporaries: Andrea Mantegna (1430/1–1506) and Giovanni Bellini (active about 1459–1516). The show aims to examine their familial ties and to some extent their home cities, presenting a... Continue Reading →


Art Now: The Ballad of Saint Jerome by Jesse Darling

On Saturday, Tate Britain unveiled a new body of work by the artist Jesse Darling (Warning, the website is a bit flashy and doesn't seem to work for me. Her insta does though). This is the latest in Tate Britain’s important... Continue Reading →

Lepine on Pre-Raphaelite Religions and Religious Pre-Raphaelites

Lepine’s talk for the Pre-Raphaelite Society was concerned with religious identity within the Pre-Raphaelite circle and how it shifted throughout their work and lifetime. She gave attention to their various representations of Jesus and Mary and looked at how they... Continue Reading →

Royal Women at the Fashion Museum

A new landmark exhibition of Royal dresses is on display at the Fashion Museum in Bath. ‘Royal Women’ offers visitors the chance to indulge in an array of silks and satins drawn from the Fashion Museum’s own collection, as well... Continue Reading →

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

This is an extended version of my review for the Exhibition Context Jan van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait (1454, National Gallery) entered the collection of the National Gallery in 1842 as the one hundred and eighty-sixth item, although it... Continue Reading →

Reflections: a Pseudo-Intellectual Response

The press view of the National Gallery’s new exhibition Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites started at half past ten yesterday morning. The room was fairly full with people from various establishments. Gabriele Finaldi, the Director of the National Gallery,... Continue Reading →

Alma Tadema at Leighton House Museum

This is a slightly extended version of my review as written for The Victorian Web. The Exhibition The current Leighton House Museum exhibition, "Alma-Tadema: at Home in Antiquity," has been brought over from the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Friesland, where... Continue Reading →

Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy

The current Royal Academy exhibition, Matisse in the Studio, has hit a cord with many critics: The knick-knacks that became great art – The Telegraph[1] The RA's new exhibition beckons us into the hedonistic cocoon of the artist's studio, where... Continue Reading →

Burne-Jones: the Hidden Humourist

This 2011 book is a lovely little dip into the more private world of Burne-Jones through his correspondence caricatures. It is essentially, an expanded and refreshed reprint of Letters to Katie: the parameters having been widened to include more text... Continue Reading →

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