Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Merciful Knight

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Edward Burne-Jones
(British, 1833-1898)
The Merciful Knight, 1863
Watercolor and bodycolor

The painting's story is an 11th century legend, which Burne-Jones summed up on the painting's frame: 
Of a knight who forgave his enemy when he might have destroyed him and how the image of Christ kissed him in token that his acts had pleased God
You can see the painting in it's frame here.