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Led Zeppelin founder lent Burne-Jones tapestries for Tate retrospectives

Rock legend Jimmy Page, the founder of the Led Zeppelin group, lent a couple of large-scale works by Edward Burne-Jones from his private collection to an artist’s retrospective at the Tate Gallery. This is the largest monographic exhibition of the work of pre-Raphaelite for more than four decades. Tapestries from the collection of the musician, depicting scenes from the legend of King Arthur and the search for the Holy Grail, are among the 150 exhibits at the exhibition.See also: The Last Pre-Raphaelite: 9 facts about Edward Burne-Jones Alison Smith, who was Jimmy Page's tour guide, said: “He asked when the last time in London was staged at such a massive show of Burn-Jones. I recalled that the last major exhibition was in the Hayward Gallery in 1975, and Tate in 1933, on the centenary of his birth. ”The armament and departure of the Knights of the Round Table for the search for the Holy GrailEdvard Coley Byrne-Jones1896, 244 × 362 cm The tapestries that Jimmy Page lent were created between 1890 and 1894 in a series of six works. One of them is called “Acquisition. The vision of the Holy Grail by Sir Gilead, Sir Bors and Sir Percival "(he was first made in the cycle), the other -" The weapons and departure of the Knights of the Round Table in search of the Holy Grail. " The musician bought them at Sotheby's in 1978. “I was struck by the greatness of their drawing and the work performed by incredibly skilled craftsmen,” the guitarist said. “The attention to detail even on the plant background still surprises me.” “These are outstanding masterpieces and, buying them in those days, I couldn’t even think that they would be hung out in Tate,” says the rock musician.Gain The vision of the Holy Grail by Sir Gilead, Sir Bors and Sir Percivallem Edward Coley Byrne-Jones1898 Paige appeared in his teens to have a pre-Raphaelite passion. Their realism of execution along with idealism and romanticism had a deep influence on him. The young man was inspired by the works of Edward Burne-Jones and his mentor Dante Gabriel Rossetti and while studying at Sutton College of Art. He entered there after he became ill with infectious mononucleosis and decided to interrupt his musical career. “I wanted to learn the technique of painting with oil, but at that time everyone was passionate about acrylic and it turned out that there was no one to teach me,” the musician recalls.
Pre-Raphaelite he studied independently. And although at that time their works were not in vogue and were very cheap, the young student could not afford to buy them. “However, as soon as the opportunity arose, I began to pamper myself,” says Page. He had already provided Burn-Jones tapestries for rent to the Tate Gallery in 2012 for the Pre-Raphaelite: The Victorian Avant-Garde exhibition.In 2016, for the first time in his life, the legendary rock musician Jimmy Page had the opportunity to see a picture near him, which fascinated him in his youth. Photo: Alex Lentati In November 2016, he visited the exhibition “Burning June. Creating an icon ”in the Frederick Leighton House Museum, where they brought the famous masterpiece of an artist close to the Pre-Raphaelites. This painting, like all works of art of the time, was devalued in the 1960s. It was bought by the future governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Ferre, the founder of the Art Museum in Ponce. Now the "Mona Lisa of the Southern Hemisphere" rarely leaves its home and travels only "in exceptional cases."
  • Edward Coley Burne-Jones, "Flamma Vestalis" (1886). The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
  • Edward Coley Burne-Jones, "The Fall of Lucifer" (1894). The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection
Meanwhile, Jimmy Page is not the only legendary musician who lent his treasures to the Tate Gallery for retrospectives by Edward Burne-Jones. Earlier it was reported that some famous pre-Raphaelite fan, Andrew Lloyd Webber, would hand over part of the paintings for rent. According to the publication The Art Newspaper, from the impresario should have come "half a dozen works." But, unlike the ex-leader Led Zeppelin, he does it anonymously.Thorn Rose Series: Pink ArborEdward Coley Burne-Jones1890, 125 × 231 cm Among the main masterpieces of retrospectives are two large-scale narrative cycles of Burne-Jones, which have never been shown together. These are works from the unfinished series “Perseus”, commissioned by a 26-year-old deputy of parliament and future prime minister Arthur Balfour, as well as four canvases “Rosehip” that caused a sensation in 1890. Thousands of people stood in line to see for the first time these pictures, each of which reaches almost 2.5 meters in length. After the “debut” they were bought by Alexander Henderson for the estate Basquot Park in Oxfordshire, where they remain today. The exhibition in the Tate Britain gallery will last until February 24, 2019. Art: read us in Telegram and look at Instagram
According to the materials of the BBC, Standard and the official site of the Tate Gallery. Main illustration: Jimmy Page with Edward Burne-Jones tapestry at an exhibition in Tate Britain; photo - standard.co.uk