• myth,  Personal

    On Gratitude

    We celebrate Thanksgiving this week and I am grateful for so much. My greatest blessings are certainly my children and my family, but what I also rate high on my gratitude scale is what I absorb in my soul as I write Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. This blog is a lifeline for me and living a life in pursuit of art and…

  • Burne-Jones,  Dante Gabriel Rossetti,  John Atkinson Grimshaw,  Maxfield Parrish,  Mucha,  myth,  Nature,  Tissot

    Autumn Inspires

    I find Autumn to be healing.  Life takes on a distinctive flavor and the speed may be different, but the possibilities are endless.  It’s an inspiring season that delights the senses with colors and smells in a way I find comforting.  It’s no wonder that many artists and poets have paid homage to it in their works. James Tissot’s 1877…

  • myth,  walter crane

    The Horses of Neptune

    Artist Walter Crane was greatly influenced by Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites.   His painting The Horses of Neptune is an iconic image depicting the power of the sea.  The god Neptune charges forward with his horses, who boldly rise from the waves.  There’s not a specific narrative that I know of, but Neptune has long been associated with horses and…

  • Burne-Jones,  myth

    Venus Concordia

    In her memorials of her husband, Georgiana Burne-Jones gives us a glimpse into the creation of Venus Concordia (pictured above). “After ‘The Fall of Lucifer’ was finished, ‘Venus Concordia’, long patiently waiting its turn, was taken up again.  With the three Graces who stand together at the right hand of the Goddess Edward took endless pains, to make them beautiful…

  • Edward Robert Hughes,  Frederick Sandys,  myth

    The Valkyrie’s Vigil

    Seen above is The Valkyrie’s Vigil by Edward Robert Hughes. Valkyries have been described as ‘dark angels of death’, ‘choosers of the slain’ and ‘spirits of slaughter’.  These battle maidens appear on horseback with swords drawn, ready to guide those chosen to die to Valhalla. Usually depicted as warlike and strong, the Pre-Raphaelite-influenced works of Frederick Sandys and Edward Robert…