Perseus and the Graiae by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

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


Oil, bronze & silver leaf on carved gesso on an oak panel overpainted in gold
152.4 x 168.7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£25,000 ( Total: £60,000; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
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.


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

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