Self Portrait with Death, 1872
Oil on canvas
Gotch explained it as the child "standing alone and unafraid in the innermost, horridest home of the Dragon, called the World, who is powerless against her innocence". The model for the child was his daughter Phyllis.From The Victorian Web
Sandys's subject, Morgan le Fay . . . was the queen of Avalon, who in Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur was so jealous of the esteem of which her half-brother King Arthur was held that she attempted to use her powers of witchcraft and sorcery to murder him. In Sandys's painting . . . she is seen weaving a magic lamp and chanting spells over a garment that she has woven for Arthur which, when he puts it on, she intends to burn him to death.from The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones & Watts, edited by Andrew Wilton and Robert Upstone
Thérèse of Lisieux (2 January 1873 – 30 September 1897), or Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, born Marie-Françoise-Thérèse Martin, was a French Carmelite nun. She is also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus".from her wikipedia article.
The Legend of Briar Rose is the title of a series of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones which were completed between 1885 and 1890. The four original paintings–The Briar Wood, The Council Chamber, The Garden Court and The Rose Bower–and an additional ten adjoining panels, are located at Buscot Park in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.from the wikipedia article on the Briar Rose series. You can see the rest of the paintings in the series there, and read the inscriptions. Burne-Jone's daughter (Margaret) was the model for Briar Rose.
Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy, the third smallest of the Italian regions. Its capital is Genoa. It is a popular region with tourists for its beautiful beaches, picturesque little towns, and food.from wikipedia