Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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



Queer British Art 1861-1967

Alex Farquharson, Director of the Tate, introduced the Queer British Art seminar on 10th April 2017. He affirmed the premise behind the exhibition was the fifty year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality (the ‘Sexual Offences Act 1967’). The exhibition,... Continue Reading →

Beatific Souls by Dr. Jen Baker

Dr. Jen Baker’s talk at BRLSI on the 29th March was entitled: Beatific Souls - Child Death in Nineteenth Century Literary & Visual Culture The premise of Baker’s talk was centred around an examination of child death within literature and... Continue Reading →

The Externals of Sacred Art by William Michael Rossetti

William Michael Rossetti opens this essay by posing a question of Ruskin’s: ‘How far Fine Art has, in all or any of the ages of the world, been conducive to the religious life’?[1] Rossetti considers Ruskin to be fair in... Continue Reading →

Arnold and Pater by T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot’s own observations about ‘the direction taken by taste and thought from Arnold, through Pater, to the nineties, with, of course, the solitary figure of Newman in the background’ are set out in the first paragraph of his essay... Continue Reading →

The Literate Eye by Rachel Teukolsky

Rachel Teukolsky, The Literate Eye: Victorian Art Writing and Modernist Aesthetics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009) The  Blurb: In Victorian Britain, authors produced a luminous and influential body of writings about the visual arts. From John Ruskin's five-volume celebration of... Continue Reading →

Degas to Picasso at the Ashmolean

The Telegraph describes the current Ashmolean exhibition Degas to Picasso, as a chance to see ‘All-time-great artists in a show with a rare provenance’.[1] Picasso and Degas are great artists and, like The Telegraph says, when we want to understand... Continue Reading →

Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities ed. by Yeates and Trowbridge

In the introduction of this collected set of essays, Amelia Yeates and Serena Trowbridge set out their store quite clearly: this collection is to fill a perceived gap between the attention given to Pre-Raphaelite Masculinities, hence the title, and (although... Continue Reading →

Flaming June at Leighton House Museum

Flaming June: The Making of an Icon is currently on at Leighton House Museum in London. The exhibition runs from the 4th November 2016 – 2nd April 2017 and signals part of the Museum’s growing series of interesting exhibitions in the last few years, and... Continue Reading →

The Aesthetic Development of Albert Moore by Asleson

Robyn Asleson's piece on Albert Moore is part of the Art After the Pre-Raphaelites collection edited by Elizabeth Prettejohn (1997).[1] Asleson's article on Moore as an exponent of Aestheticism is an interesting unravelling about an artist who was, and remains... Continue Reading →

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