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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Edward Burne-Jones, British (Birmingham, England 1833 - 1898 London, England)
Danaë Watching the Building of the Brazen Tower
Other Titles
Alternate Title: Danaë and the Brazen Tower
Work Type
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Oil on panel
17.8 x 26 cm (7 x 10 1/4 in.)
framed: 32.5 x 39.5 cm (12 13/16 x 15 9/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.r.: E B J
Edward Burne-Jones, sold; to William Graham, 1872, sold [through his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, April 3, 1886, no. 155]; to Robert Henry Benson, Sussex [via Thomas Agnew and Sons, London], sold; through [Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 21, 1929, no. 95]; to [Scott & Fowles, New York], sold; to Grenville L. Winthrop, New York, NY, January 6, 1930, bequest; to Fogg Art Museum, 1943.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

William Morris, The Earthly Paradise, a Poem, Roberts Brothers (Boston, MA, 1869), p. 218

Malcolm Bell, Edward Burne-Jones: A Record and Review, George Bell and Sons, Ltd. (London, England, 1892), chronology p. 109

Paul Leprieur, "La Legende de Persée, peinture de M. Burne-Jones", Gazette des Beaux-Arts (December 1, 1893), vol. X, no. 6, pp. 462-477, p. 468

William Morris, The Doom of King Acrisius, R. H. Russell (New York, NY, 1902), p. 2

Lady Georgiana Burne-Jones, Memorials of Edward Burne-Jones (2 vols.) (London, England, 1904), vol. II, p. 30

Fortunée De Lisle, Burne-Jones, Methuen & Co. (London, England, 1906), pp. 134-136, 182, 184

Ancient and Modern Pictures...of R. H. Benson, auct. cat., Christie's, London (London, England, June 21, 1929), no. 95

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1946), p. 31, no. 20

René Huyghe, L'Art et l'Homme, Librairie Larousse (Paris, France, 1961), repr. no. 1008

Marcel Brion, Art of the Romantic Era, Praeger (New York, NY, 1966), p. 89, no. 79, ill.

John Christian, Burne-Jones: The Paintings, Graphic and Decorative Work of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, exh. cat., Arts Council of Great Britain, London (London, England, 1975), p. 62-63, under no. 177

Penelope Fitzgerald, Edward Burne-Jones: A Biography, Michael Joseph, Ltd. (London, England, 1975), pp. 147-148

Edgar Peters Bowron, European Paintings Before 1900 in the Fogg Art Museum: A Summary Catalogue including Paintings in the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1990), p. 76, color plate; pp. 100, 157, repr. b/w cat. no. 67

Bill Waters, Burne-Jones: A Quest for Love, exh. cat., Peter Nahum (London, England, 1993), mentioned under no. 26, a Study for Danae, p. 58

Stephen Wildman and John Christian, Edward Burne-Jones: Victorian Artist-Dreamer, exh. cat., Metropolitan Museum of Art / Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1998), p. 267

Oliver Garnett, "The Letters and Collection of William Graham: Pre-Raphaelite Patron and Pre-Raphaelite Collector", The Sixty-Second Volume of the Walpole Society, The Walpole Society (Leeds, 2000), pp. 145-343, repr. in b/w as fig. 119

Chikashi Kitazaki and Mina Oya, ed., Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art (Ueno, 2002), pp. 150-151, cat. #41, color repr.

Stephan Wolohojian, ed., A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press (U.S.) (New York, 2003), no. 158, pp. 366-367, repr. in color

Stephan Wolohojian, Ingres, Burne-Jones, Whistler, Renoir... La Collection Grenville L. Winthrop, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Paris, France, 2003), no. 158, pp. 378-379, repr. in color

Exhibition History

Exhibition of the Works of Sir Edward Burne-Jones, New Gallery, London, 12/31/1898 - 04/08/1899

Paintings and Drawings of the Pre-Raphaelites and their Circle, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/08/1946 - 06/01/1946

Pre-Raphaelite and Early French Symbolist Art in the Fogg Collections, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 01/16/1973 - 02/25/1973

The Pre-Raphaelites: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 06/04/1980 - 07/15/1980

Between Reality and Dreams: Nineteenth Century British and French Art from the Winthrop Collection of the Fogg Art Museum, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 09/14/2002 - 12/08/2002

A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon, 03/15/2003 - 05/26/2003; National Gallery, London, 06/25/2003 - 09/14/2003; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 10/23/2003 - 01/25/2004

For Students of Art and Lovers of Beauty: Highlights from the Collection of Grenville L. Winthrop, Harvard University Art Museums, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/16/2004

32Q: 2130 19th Century, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/07/2015 - 11/10/2015; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/17/2016 - 04/21/2017

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