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Lord of the Manor
‘The Lord of the Manor’ by Edmund Blair Leighton (1853-1922). From Wikipedia Commons.

As you’ve probably realized by now, if you’ve read my blog any length of time, Edmund Blair Leighton is one of my favorite artists. I thought this painting by him to be wonderfully appropriate for Mother’s Day. It’s called ‘The Lord of the Manor’. (I found this image on Wikipedia Commons.)

My kids are giving me a very nice Mother’s Day – I hope those of you who are mothers, grandmothers, and aunts are also having a nice one.
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The End of the Quest

'The End of the Quest' by Frank Bernard Dicksee (1853-1928), 1921. From Wikipedia Commons.

Here is another romantic painting by the English painter Frank Bernard Dicksee. Though not a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, his style is very much in keeping with that movement. Wikipedia has a short biographic article about him that you can read if you wish.

This painting is called ‘The End of the Quest’ and shows a medieval nobleman kneeling before his lady. He has a sword but also wears the hat of a pilgrim.

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Monna Vanna by Rossetti 1866

'Monna Vanna' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1866.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)was a 19th c. English painter, poet, translator, and illustrator. He was one of the founders of the “Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood” [often abbreviated "PRB"], an artistic movement that was a reaction to Mannerism and influenced particularly by Renaissance Italian artists, particularly Raphael and Michaelanglo. [Artists in this group also include Sir John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, and Edward Burne-Jones, among others.] There were two styles prominent in the Brotherhood – one was realism (led by Hunt) and the other was medievalism (led by Rossetti).

Read more on Rossetti in this excellent Wikipedia article about him. I was going to give a brief biography, but it would have come nearly all for this article, so I feel it’s just better to send you to the original.

I love this painting, despite the aloofness of the woman, or maybe because it. She seems so grand, so royal. I especially love the barrettes that look like coiled sea shells, and the long red coral necklace.

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