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Monsters and Marvels, Part III: The Mermaid's Tale The Object

    • Arts

Mermaids had been surfacing in art for thousands of years when, in the 1880s, Edward Burne-Jones began painting them as avatars of a radical new female identity in the corseted Victorian era. A story of desire and danger as legendary as the creatures themselves.

You can see one of Burne-Jones' early mermaid paintings, "A Sea-Nymph," at the Minneapolis Institute of Art: https://collections.artsmia.org/art/99878/a-sea-nymph-edward-coley-burne-jones. His best-known mermaid work, "The Depths of the Sea," is at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University: https://harvardartmuseums.org/art/298102

Special thanks to Grace Nuth and Sarah Peverley for sharing their expertise on this episode.

Grace Nuth is a writer, artist, and fine-art model living in central Ohio. She is the senior editor of Enchanted Living magazine and the co-author of The Faerie Handbook. She regularly writes on a variety of topics at her blog at www.gracenuth.com.

Sarah Peverley is a professor of English at the University of Liverpool and a BBC New Generation Thinker. She is writing a cultural history of mermaids, and is the author of several radio programmes, media features, and podcasts about merfolk. You can follow her work at her website (www.sarahpeverley.com), on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sarah_Peverley, and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sarahpeverley/.

Mermaids had been surfacing in art for thousands of years when, in the 1880s, Edward Burne-Jones began painting them as avatars of a radical new female identity in the corseted Victorian era. A story of desire and danger as legendary as the creatures themselves.

You can see one of Burne-Jones' early mermaid paintings, "A Sea-Nymph," at the Minneapolis Institute of Art: https://collections.artsmia.org/art/99878/a-sea-nymph-edward-coley-burne-jones. His best-known mermaid work, "The Depths of the Sea," is at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University: https://harvardartmuseums.org/art/298102

Special thanks to Grace Nuth and Sarah Peverley for sharing their expertise on this episode.

Grace Nuth is a writer, artist, and fine-art model living in central Ohio. She is the senior editor of Enchanted Living magazine and the co-author of The Faerie Handbook. She regularly writes on a variety of topics at her blog at www.gracenuth.com.

Sarah Peverley is a professor of English at the University of Liverpool and a BBC New Generation Thinker. She is writing a cultural history of mermaids, and is the author of several radio programmes, media features, and podcasts about merfolk. You can follow her work at her website (www.sarahpeverley.com), on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Sarah_Peverley, and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sarahpeverley/.

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