Edward Burne-Jones

The Car of Love, or Love's Wayfaring

The Car of Love, or Love's Wayfaring by Edward Burne-Jones

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Initial rough charcoal drawings set this scene by the sea, but after visiting Italy in 1870, Burne-Jones placed the gigantic Car of Love in the winding lanes of Siena. This appears to be the final, fully worked-up drawing on which the unfinished painting, (Victoria and Albert Museum, London) is based. The bound and anguished figures, forced to draw the Car inexorably onward, were bitter reminders of Burne-Jones' love affair with the beautiful Maria Zambaco in 1870, who was famous for her 'glorious red hair and almost phosphorescent white skin'.

Title
The Car of Love, or Love's Wayfaring
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1870-1898
Medium
pastel, brush drawing and charcoal
Dimensions
3391 x 2112 x 160 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Viscount Leverhulme, 1924
Accession no
1924/5/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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