Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt
The Golden Stairs
Artwork page for ‘The Golden Stairs’, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt, 1880 on display at Tate Britain. This painting is an example of Burne-Jones’s interest in investigating a mood rather than telling a story. He deliberately made his pictures mysterious and the meaning of this work has been debated by critics. One suggestion is that the staircase, without visible beginning or end, represents continuous movement. Models for the painting include Frances Graham, daughter of Burne-Jones’s…
Rossetti: Beata Beatrix | Buy Art on Demand by Tate
Pre-Raphelite Rossetti's literary inspiration was Dante’s Vita Nuova (‘New Life’), which explores the Italian poet’s love for Beatrice and her premature death. The beautiful female figure holds a white poppy which was dropped by a dove.
‘Sancta Lilias’, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874 | Tate
Artwork page for ‘Sancta Lilias’, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1874 on display at Tate Britain. This is the abandoned first version of one of Rossetti’s most important pictures, The Blessed Damozel (1875–8). He first treated the subject in a poem which, inspired by Dante’s love for Beatrice, describes a dead woman’s yearning for her still-living lover. In the completed painting, Rossetti shows the Damozel looking down on her beloved from Heaven; this is the scene shown here. Rossetti’s…
Burne-Jones: King Cophetua & the Beggar Maid (custom print)
In this Pre-Raphaelite painting Edward Burne-Jones was partly inspired by Alfred Tennysons poem The Beggar Maid. The African king Cophetua sits at the feet of a beggar woman, expressing his love for her.