Madeleine Emerald Thiele

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

Pre-Raphaelite Reflections: a glimpse

  Images courtesy of the National Gallery, Tate, Wikipedia and my own collection


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 →

Ruskin: a visitor’s first view of St. Mark’s, Venice

…beyond those troops of ordered arches there rises a vision out of the earth, and all the great square seems to have opened from it in a kind of awe, that we may see it far away;-a multitude of pillars... Continue Reading →

Ruskin remembering clouds

I remember once, when in crossing the Tête Noire, I had turned up the valley towards Trient, I noticed a rain-cloud forming on the Glacier de Trient. With a west wind, It proceeded towards the Col de Balme, being followed... Continue Reading →

Ave Atque Vale by Swinburne

Swinburne heard mistakenly that Baudelaire had died, and produced the following poem 'In Memory of Charles Baudelaire'. Baudelaire died in Paris, on the 31st August, 1867 at only aged 46. Nous devrions pourtant lui porter quelques fleurs; Les morts, les... Continue Reading →

Burne-Jones Flower Book Part Two

Burne-Jones Flower Book Part One

Highgate Cemetery

When Highgate Cemetery opened in 1839, it looked very different to the green ivy-covered gothic (small g) evocation that it is now. Back then, as The Penny Magazine wrote: the landscape was manicured and formal with ‘parterres of sweet-scented flowers,... Continue Reading →

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