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The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, 1833–1898). The Love Song, 1868–77. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Fund, 1947 (47.26)

The exhibition is made possible by the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust.

Selected Exhibition Objects

  • The Love Song
    The Love Song

    Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )

    Date: 1868–77
    Accession Number: 47.26

  • Lachrymae
    Lachrymae

    Frederic, Lord Leighton (British, Scarborough 1830–1896 London)

    Date: ca. 1894–95
    Accession Number: 96.28

  • The Convalescent (A Portrait of the Artist's Wife)
    The Convalescent (A Portrait of the Artist's Wife)

    Ford Madox Brown (British, Calais 1820–1893 London)

    Date: 1872
    Accession Number: 10.46

  • The Month of March
    The Month of March

    Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )

    Date: ca. 1866
    Accession Number: 42.147

  • Noah
    Noah

    Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )

    Date: February 1, 1874
    Accession Number: 48.52

  • The Entombment
    The Entombment

    Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )

    Date: 1879
    Accession Number: 63.200.3

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Edward Burne-Jones's Inspiration for The Love Song: Victor Massé, "La chanson de Marie"

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Music was a source of personal pleasure and artistic inspiration for Edward Burne-Jones. When his painting The Love Song was first exhibited in 1878, the catalogue listing for the picture included a refrain from a Breton folk ballad, "La chanson de Marie" (The Song of Marie): "Alas, I know a love song, / Sad or happy, each in turn." This is a recent recording of the lyrics as set to music by the French composer Victor Massé in 1853. Published in conjunction with The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art and Design, on view May 20 through October 26, 2014.

Victor Massé, "La chanson de Marie," (Chants bretons, 1853); setting of a poem published by Auguste Brizeux (Les Ternaires, 1841). Performed by Lucy Fitz Gibbon (vocalist) and Szilvia Miko (pianist).

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham). The Love Song, 1868–77. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Alfred N. Punnett Endowment Fund, 1947 (47.26)

The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

British Art and Design

May 20–October 26, 2014

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The Pre-Raphaelites galvanized the British art world in the second half of the nineteenth century with a creative vision that resonates to this day. Rejecting contemporary academic practice as vacuous and stifling, they sought to produce work that was vivid, sincere, and uplifting. Their name affirms their initial sources of inspiration: medieval and early Renaissance art from before the era of Raphael. Originally championed by a small, secret brotherhood, the movement swiftly gained adherents, who introduced new approaches and ambitions.

This exhibition brings together some thirty objects from across the Museum and from local private collections to highlight the second generation of the Pre-Raphaelites, focusing on the key figures Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Paintings, drawings, furniture, ceramics, stained glass, textiles, and book illustrations from the 1860s through the 1890s, many united for the first time, demonstrate the enduring impact of Pre-Raphaelite ideals as they were adapted by different artists and developed across a range of media. At a time of renewed appreciation for art of the Victorian age, the installation directs fresh attention toward the Metropolitan's little-known holdings in this important area.

Related Exhibitions

This exhibition is complemented by William Morris: Textiles and Wallpapers (February 3–July 20, 2014) and Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection (April 29–July 14, 2014).

Related Events

Performance:
Gallery Performance—The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy in Sound
Sunday, July 27, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Performance:
Gallery Performance—The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy in Sound
Sunday, July 27, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Family Program:
Art Trek Plus at the Met—What's the Story?
Sunday, July 27, 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Free with Museum admission; admission is free for children under 12 with an adult.