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Burne-Jones: The Golden Stairs (custom print)
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          Artwork details

          The Golden Stairs, 1880
          Artist
          Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones
          Product code
          edwbur005
          Artwork code
          n04005
          Artist code
          68
          Original: Oil on canvas 269.2 x 116.8 cm Tate, London

          It is debated whether this pre-Raphealite painting is a purely decorative or if the female figures are spirits in an enchanted dream. They linger on the golden stairs dressed in ivory, holding trumpets and violins with birds above.

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          Artist details

          An English painter, Sir Edward Burne-Jones was born in Birmingham and educated at Oxford, where he met his lifelong friend William Morris. He studied briefly under Dante Gabriel Rossetti but soon outgrew his influence despite retaining great respect for him. Burne-Jones later visited Italy with John Ruskin, seeing works by Botticelli and Mantegna which had a profound influence on him. From 1878, Burne-Jones gained a European reputation and influenced both continental Symbolism and Art Nouveau.

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