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About the Artist
Sir Edward Burne-Jones was born on August 28, 1833 in Birmingham, England. He became one of the leading painters and designers of late 19th-century England, and his paintings, which utilized medieval imagery, were among the last examples of the Pre-Raphaelite style. Burne-Jones studied divinity at Exeter College in Oxford, where he crossed paths with future collaborator, artist William Morris. After meeting artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1856, he decided to leave Oxford before finishing his degree to work under Rossetti’s artistic guidance in London.
Stories of Medieval chivalry became of particular interest to Burne-Jones’ painting. Along with Rossetti’s influence, one can also see where Burne-Jones drew inspiration from the figurative works of 15th century Italian painters Filippino Lippi and Sando Botticelli. He became a well-known painter in England in the late 19th century, passing away in London on June 17, 1898. Following his death his work became influential in the field of decorative design, particularly in the medium of stained glass.