Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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

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 →

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 →

The Happy Prince film

Rupert Everett, a seeming devotee of Oscar Wilde, delivers his intimate cinematic portrait of Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince. Everett's own description of his fascination with Wilde, elevates him as being something more than a mere devotee: proclaiming his interest... Continue Reading →

Mantegna and Bellini: Brothers – in Law and Art

  Images via my own collection of photos

Lorenzo Lotto Portraits at National Gallery

This welcome press release comes via the National Gallery. “Lotto was the first Italian painter who was sensitive to the varying status of the human soul. Never before or since has anyone brought out on the face more of the... 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 →

Ophelia’s Opium

Rossetti enters into the house at Blackfriars on returning from fetching more doctors, who follow after him. He rushes past Ellen and the maid up the stairs toward Lizzie. He enters the room to find Lizzie in bed, in a... Continue Reading →

Commentary on a Monologue: Ophelia’s Opium

I have chosen to write as the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti for this monologue as his life offers high drama, which is appropriate for this genre. Throughout the decline of his relationship with his wife, Lizzie, there was a... Continue Reading →

Dew Drenched Furze: Tennyson and Millais

Calm and deep peace on this high wold, And on these dews that drench the furze, And all the silvery gossamers That twinkle into green and gold

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