College of Letters & Science

Beautiful and Deadly: The Dangerous Plants of Edward Burne-Jones

October 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Class of 1941 Lecture Room

Between the 1850s and 1890s, Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones filles his paintings with plants that attack, adorn, and engulf human figures. This was also a period that witnessed dramatic changes in how the Victorians cultivated and consumed plants in everyday life. Advances in glasshouse technology and the rise of houseplant horticulture allowed homeowners to encounter plants in strange and new contexts, from giant conservatories to miniature terrariums. this talk explores the connections between these new methods of gardening and the dynamic botanical imagery of Burne-Jones.