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Venus Discordia

BURNE-JONES, Sir Edward (1833 - 1898)

Venus Discordia

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 128.2 x 209.8 cm

Acquired: 1926; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 181

Born in Birmingham, but of Welsh extraction, Burne-Jones was much admired by early twentieth-century Welsh critics. A friend of William Morris and an associate of Rossetti and Ruskin, he became the leader of the second phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Intended as a companion to a composition of Venus Concordia this unfinished oil painting depicts Venus presiding over a scene of conflict inspired by the four vices Anger, Envy, Suspicion and Strife. The figures reveal Burne-Jones's study of Renaissance art during his third and final visit to Italy.

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