Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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



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 →

Letters to Katie from Edward Burne-Jones

This book was first published in 1925 when it was edited by William Graham Robertson, who was an artist, author, and Blake collector. This slightly enlarged version is the British Museum 1988 reprint, which draws upon the museum's collection of... Continue Reading →

Janey and Gabriel’s Letters

'Here printed in full for the first time, are 114 letters from Rossetti to Jane Morris…They provide a poignant record of an intimate friendship and tell us much about Rossetti’s painting and writing during the latter part of his career…They... Continue Reading →

Grayson Perry’s A House for Essex – Julie’s House

Julie’s House, or a House for Essex as it is variously called, is a collaborative effort between Grayson Perry and Fat Architecture. Perry was commissioned by Living Architecture in 2015 to create the house and it remains part of their... Continue Reading →

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