Angel Playing a Flageolet, tempera and gold paint on paper, c. 1878 by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones. Palette is drawn from the Renaissance, rich in red, blue and gold.
Perfect for Christmas, beautiful and tasteful year round.
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About the original work of art: Burne-Jones painted two sets of three angels playing musicalinstruments, a small set in oil and a larger one in tempera. (Tempera was a medium favored by Italian Renaissance artists and involved the fusion of pigments with water and egg yolk. Burne-Jones was one of the few -- if not the only -- Aesthetic Movement artists to revive its use.
The artist retained this work in his own studio for ten years before parting with it to the dealers from whom it was immediately bought. Ah, I can understand why the artist was loathe to part with it, and why a buyer immediately snapped it up.