Love among the ruins
after Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (Birmingham 1833 - London 1898)
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Gunby Hall Estate, Lincolnshire
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Print, mezzotint, Love among the ruins after Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (Birmingham 1833 - London 1898) A couple in a ruined architectural setting embracing. He with a mandolin. Trailing briar roses. The title of this painting is taken from Robert Browning’s poem of 1855. However, it is not a direct illustration of the text, but instead a rather more elusive allegory, typical of the artist. The setting was possibly influenced by a fifteenth century Venetian text called the ‘Hypnerotomachia Poliphili’. The romantic story was illustrated with woodcuts, some of which show lovers seated amongst fallen pillars and stones. The lover was thought to be Gaetano Meo, who was a favourite model for artists in the late Victorian period. His love was given the face of Burne-Jones’s great love, Maria Zambaco, (Maria Terpsithea Cassavetti, Mrs Zambaco (1843-1914) and though their affair was then over twenty years in the past, she is still recognisable in this painting. The original oil painting is in the collection at Wightwick Manor (NT).
1990, purchased from J Montgomery-Massingberd.
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