Art History

Posted 10.xii.2013]

Cheney, Liana De Girolami : Edward Burne-Jones’ Mythical Paintings, The Pygmalion of the Pre-Raphaelite Painters New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2014. 310 pp., num. ill. Print: ISBN 978-1-4331-1876-0 hb. (Hardcover) SFR 86.00 / €* 76.50 / €** 78.70 / € 71.50 / £ 57.00 / US$ 92.95 eBook: ISBN 978-1-4539-1266-9 SFR 90.60 / €* 85.09 / €** 85.80 / € 71.50 / £ 57.00 / US$ 92.95 Order online:

Book synopsis This book focuses on Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ mythical paintings from 1868 to 1886. His artistic training and traveling experiences, his love for the Greek-sculptress, Maria Zambaco, and his aesthetic sensibility provided the background for these mythical paintings. This book analyzes two main concepts: Burne-Jones’ assimilation of Neoplatonic ideal beauty as depicted in his solo and narrative paintings, and Burne-Jones’ fusion of the classical and emblematic traditions in his imagery.

Contents Paragone: Edward Burne-Jones and Italian Renaissance Artists – Edward Burne-Jones’ Interpretation of Botticelli’s Female Imagery: Paragone and Rinascita – Edward Burne-Jones’ Love Among the Ruins and Francesco Colonna’s Dream of Poliphilo: A Paragone of Love – Sagas of Love, Enchantment, and Strife – Edward Burne-Jones’ Pygmalion and Galatea: A Transformation of Love – Edward Burne-Jones’ Cupid and Psyche: An Ardent Tale – Edward Burne-Jones’ Romaunt of the Rose: A Quest for Love – Edward Burne-Jones’ Andromeda and Perseus: An Ovidian Tale – Edward Burne-Jones’ The Story of Troy: A Saga of Love and Strife – Edward Burne-Jones’ Love Songs: Art, Music, and Magic – The Fair Lady and The Virgin in Pre-Raphaelite Art: The Evolution of a Societal Myth – Edward Burne-Jones’ The Sirens: Magical Whispers.

About the author(s)/editor(s) Liana De Girolami Cheney is presently Investigadora de Historia de Arte, SIELAE, Universidad de Coruña, Spain, retired Professor of Art History, Chairperson of the Department of Cultural Studies at UMASS Lowell.

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