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EDWARD COLEY BURNE-JONES

Pygmalion and the Image - Study of Maria Zambaco for the Head of Venus in 'The Godhead Fires'
 

Pygmalion and the Image - Study of Maria Zambaco for the Head of Venus in 'The Godhead Fires', 1870

Medium:
Pencil on cream paper.
Dimensions:
186mm x 168mm
Inscription:
E.B.J. 1870/STUDY FOR VENUS IN SERIES OF/ PYGMALION
Provenance:
Purchased through the Reproductions Fund, 1924.

Accession Number:

1924P60

Description:

Profile study looking to right, with flowing long hair and plait around head.

 

Exhibition History

1986-87 Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
2004-05 Laing Art Gallery

Bibliography:

A E Whitley. Catalogue of Drawings. Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery: 1939. p.94.
Elisa Korb with John Christian and Tessa Sidey.Hidden Burne-Jones, Works on paper by Edward Burne-Jones from Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. Dan Giles, Ltd., London: 2007. p. 78, B589.

Research Information:

Study of Anglo-Greek sculptress, Maria Zambaco, with whom Burne-Jones was romantically involved. This drawing was most likely for the first series of 'Pygmalion & the Image', which had been commissioned by the sitter's mother, Euphrosyne Ionides Cassavetti (currently in the Collection of Lord Lloyd-Webber).