Sexual Fables

This article accompanies the fable
Beauty & the Beast



The Legend of Briar Rose

The Legend of Briar Rose is a series of paintings by Edward Burne-Jones (exhibited in 1890) that evoke the Sleeping Beauty legend. Here are three of the four, showing the briar rose overwhelming everything. The first shows a knight who has fought his way into the enchanted forest, the second shows some of the sleeping inhabitants of the castle and the last shows Sleeping Beauty herself.

The beauty of Disney's Beauty & the Beast is that it is Belle who rescues Beast. Nonetheless, all the great Victorian images of Sleeping Beauty remind me of civilians who have been slaughtered in war. Only sleeping...

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Garden-Court-Burne-Jones

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Tchaikovsky's famed ballet premiered the same year as Burne-Jones' series: 1890.
A Russian Sleeping Beauty painting here

Another Burne-Jones painting here

The Woman in the Bower legend here

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