Monday, September 13, 2010

Edward Burne-Jones and the Angels of Creation

Detail ~ Day 6

Panel ~ Day 5

Detail ~ Day 5

Panel ~ Day 6

Detail ~ Day 6

Detail ~ Day 6

Edward Burne-Jones
The Angels of Creation ~ Days 5 and 6 ~ 1875-1876

I was in my first years of college when I came across the English Dreamers, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the classic book illustrators: Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen. Since then, they have given me a lifetime of pleasure, devouring their color, line and vision; Arthur Rackham’s work especially and his affinity with the fairy world and trees.

My third year of college, Edward Burne-Jones’s Angels of Creation used to hang on my bedroom wall, the color plate lifted from a book I own to this day. Yesterday I spent some time scanning the high quality image so I could post it online, with detailed views of each panel. There is something about the angels, certainly not happy, but not entirely sad, androgynous in their femininity; and the colors and the images in these panels, that calms me.

Note: I am not religious. The Bible story of creation is beautiful, and Edward Burne-Jone's depictions are ethereal. If you click on each image, you will see greater detail.