Sibylla Delphica

Method Photogravure
Artist H. Guerard after Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
Published Gazette des Beaux-Arts, c.1878
Dimensions Image 205 x 80 mm, Sheet 280 x 200 mm
Notes In Burne-Jones' classically inspired image, Sibylla Delphica, a priestess who presided over the Apollonian oracle at Cumae, a Greek colony near Naples. She stands in full-length, looking at laurel leaves which she holds in her right hand. A tripod altar burns behind her, on the left, incense smoke rising. The scene is set in a temple, with marble floors and doorway behind on the left.

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Bt (1833-1898) was a painter and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Burne-Jones met William Morris as an undergraduate of Exeter College, Oxford, whilst studying for a degree in theology. The pair went on to work very closely together on numerous decorative arts projects including stained glass windows, tapestries, and illustrations. Originally intending to become a church minister, Burne-Jones never finished his degree, choosing instead to pursue an artistic career under the influence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rossetti heavily inspired his early work, but by the 1860's his idiosyncratic style was beginning to develop. His mature work, however different in total effect, is rich in conscious echoes of Botticelli, Mantegna and other Italian masters of the Quattrocento. Thusly, Burne Jones' later paintings of classical and medieval subjects are some of the most iconic of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He was at the height of his popularity during the 1880's, though his reputation began to decline with the onset of the Impressionists. He was created a baronet in 1894, when he formally hyphenated his name.

Condition: Some time toning to sheet edges.
Framing mounted
Price £150.00
Stock ID 47901

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