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The Beguiling of Merlin

Edward Burne-Jones Arthurian legend-inspired Pre-Raphaelite painting.

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Jul 29, 2010
Although I don't visualize either Merlin or the Lady of the Lake looking like this, I do love this painting and the use of soft Earth-tone colors. Somehow, it also reminds me of the Elves in Tolkien's Middle-earth.
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The Beguiling of Merlin is a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones which was created between 1872 and 1877.

The painting depicts a scene from Arthurian legend, the infatuation of Merlin with the Lady of the Lake, Nimue. Merlin is shown trapped, helpless in a hawthorn bush as Nimue reads from a book of spells.

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Style: Pre-Raphaelite
Medium: Painting
Year Created: 1872-1877

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