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by Patrick Bade
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Sir Edward Coley Burne Jones (1833-1898) was a master of drawing, painted glass and ceramic art. Initially impressed to the quick by Botticelli, Mantegna and Michelangelo, he later turned to Gabriel Rossetti and the early Pre- Raphaelites.Little concerned with the details of daily reality, he probed medieval literature for new themes and produced works that idolize Victorian values and the Englishwoman. These ancient legends gave him a freedom of expression elsewhere denied in a society dominated by Queen Victoria, famous if not notorious for always dressing in black. Burne-Jones was the epito.
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