Thursday, January 29, 2009

Edward Burne-Jones - Temperantia

private collection
Temperantia (Temperance) was a companion painting to Fides and Spes (Faith and Hope). It was commissioned by Frederick Startridge Ellis, a bookseller and author. It used Maria as a model (one of the last) and some have read it as an allegory of her quenching the fires of passion.

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