Perseus and the Graiae by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Burne-Jones's retelling of the Perseus legend concentrated on its most familiar episodes.

Details

Category:
Classical/Mythological
Medium:
Oil, bronze & silver leaf on carved gesso on an oak panel overpainted in gold Dimensions: 152.4 x 168.7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £60,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
2008
Vendor:
Trustees of the 1st Earl of Balfour's Trust (through Christie's)

Perseus is visiting the Graiae, three sisters of the gorgon, to force them to help him find and kill Medusa. This relief is a key element in the artist's uncompleted 'Perseus' cycle. The other oils, unfinished canvases and cartoons from the series are in the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.

Provenance

Arthur Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (1848-1930); by descent to the Trustees of the 1st Earl of Balfour's Trust.

Venue details

National Museum Cardiff Cathays Park Cardiff CF10 3NP 029 2039 7951 www.museumwales.ac.uk

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