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Edward Burne-Jones last of the Pre-Raphaelites to hang at the Tate

The Rose Bower

Two enormous series of paintings from one of English art’s “overlooked” masters are going on show together for the first time at Tate Britain.

The works by Edward Burne-Jones, the last of the Pre-Raphaelites, will hang in two rooms of the Pimlico gallery alongside another 150 paintings, tapestries and stained glass.

The Garden Court

The Doom Fulfilled

The Death of Medusa II

It will be the first time all four 8ft-long canvases from his Briar Rose cycle, which tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, have been shown in a museum.

When they first went on show in 1890 thousands of people queued down the street to see them at Agnew’s Gallery in Mayfair.  They were then bought by the owner of Buscot Park in Oxfordshire, where they have remained until now.

The Death of Medusa I

Laus Veneris

Love Among the Ruins

Also on show is his series of paintings based on the Greek myth of Perseus who slayed the monster Medusa. The pictures were commissioned by the future prime minister Arthur Balfour. Tate has brought together four finished works with six preparatory paintings.

Adoration of the Magi

Co-curator Tim Batchelor said he hoped it would challenge the “fixed views” some people have about the Pre-Raphaelites, who are sometimes criticised for their lack of realism. He said: “I think it’s possible he’s been slightly overlooked. To have these two works together is a unique experience.”

Edward Burne-Jones: Pre-Raphaelite Visionary opens on October 24 and runs until February 24.

Posted in: News on May 30, 2018 by...