Madeleine Emerald Thiele

The Victorian Butterfly muses upon Art, Angels & other 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 →

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. 

Merry Christmas!

The Burne-Jones Retrospective at Tate Britain


John Ruskin on The Light of the World

To the Editor of the Times Sir, I trust that, with your usual kindness and liberality, you will give me room in your columns for a few words respecting the principal Pre-Raphaelite picture in the Exhibition of the Royal Academy... Continue Reading →

Christina Rossetti: Vision and Verse Press Launch

In an exploration of the celebrated Victorian poet's significant connection with visual art, Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse, will bring together paintings, illustrations, works on paper and photography. Presenting portraits of the poet and highlights of the many visual images... Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Siddal: a recital

Welcome to ‘Looking at Elizabeth Siddal’ Our historical proximity to the Victorians may explain in part, why our collective British consciousness is full with Victorian authors’ names and their respective creations. Novelists like Dickens and Hardy are household names, and... Continue Reading →

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