The Deceitfulness of Riches
The Pale Complexion of True Love
The British artist Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (1872 -1945), though born a bit late, was a Pre-Raphaelite painter known for her luscious use of color. She was also, as you can see a brilliant designer. Her paintings tended towards the allegorical and the medieval in subject matter. Later in her life she also turned to working in stained glass.
Primarily I'm drawn to these paintings by the way Brickdale uses color. It's interesting to me that she manages to use such a bright spectrum yet her work though hardly subtle, somehow, remains fairly soft-spoken.
I'm fond of Victorian painting with all its rich detail, especially when it's this colorful and full of story telling.
To read more about Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale please go these other blogs and pages:
Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood and Victorian/Edwardian Paintings.
Image by Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale from The Book of Old Songs and Ballads. The knight's armor looks like some strange carapace, doesn't it? The painting is an odd mix of the ominous and the innocent.