Sidonia von Bork, 1560

Sidonia von Bork 1560

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Bt ARA (1833-1898)


Watercolor and gouache on paper

Support: 333 × 171 mm frame: 471 × 310 × 49 mm

Collection: Tate, ref. no. NO5877

Bequeathed by W. Graham Robertson, 1948

One of Burne-Jones's earliest watercolours, this depicts a beautiful but duplicitous woman, decked in richly patterned Renaissance costume, but destined for execution — the eponymous protagonist of Wilhelm Meinhold's gothic romance of 1848, Sidonia the Sorceress. At present, her sly sideways look suggests an element of danger to others....

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