Arts Everyday Living: Victorian Goddesses in Art —Sleeping Beauty Dreams


A reposting of a blog on John Collier.





Will she ever waken from her deep slumber?  Any child knows the answer for The Sleeping Beauty legend portrayed by English artist John Collier below, continues to fascinate the public, from the Brothers Grimm story to the ballet to recent films and animated movies.

John Collier, The Sleeping Beauty, 1921, oil on canvas, Private Collection

John Collier (1850-1934), like John William Waterhouse, was an admirer of the aesthetic and vision of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, formed in 1848, during the early years of the Victorian era. Yet, even after the death of the art group’s founder Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as the queen herself, Collier still interpreted the literary traditions of the Middle Ages and fairy tales that once had inspired his artistic predecessors.

 The above image is used solely for educational purposes.

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