Saturday, December 01, 2007

Some more Edward Burne-Jones

One of the distinctive things about Edward Burne-Jones' images is that his people always have really blank facial expressions. They are not real people in real, historical circumstances. They are abstract. They represent a kind of idealised, timeless, Platonic beauty.

Edward Burne-Jones did not paint reality as it was, he painted it as he thought it was meant to be.

I think there is a lot to be said for his approach. As Christians we believe that the world is fallen, yet in the original creation, there was a perfect ideal of harmony and beauty. To make such an ideal the goal of aesthetics has much merit.

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