Ms Madeleine Emerald Thiele
Thesis Title: The Pre-Raphaelite Angel; An Exploration into Nineteenth Century Anglicanism and the Pre-Raphaelite Embodiment of the Angelic Body
By 1848, Victorian Society was in the middle of a major religious schism; the boundaries between Anglicanism and Catholicism were blurred, and what constituted Sacred Art became a feature of Pre-Raphaelite Art writing. My research considers the construction of the Pre-Raphaelite Angel in the 1840s - 1860s as a consequence of this social and religious instability.The construction of an Anglican Angel was in large part due to the private faiths of the Pre-Raphaelite artists, and their visual engagement with quattrocento Catholic angelic conventions. By the 1870s though, artists such as Burne-Jones had metamorphosed the Pre-Raphaelite Angel into an androgynous creature, and this research charts that process of secularising and mythologising the angelic body.
- The Marlborough College Paintings; An Attempt to Invert Victorian Muscular Christianity (All Saints Church, Putney, April 2013)
- John Roddam Spencer Stanhope; Revival, Reception and Reputation (Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, October 2012)
Research Cluster: I am a founding member of the AWWA (Art Writing Writing Art) group based in Bristol http://artwritingwritingart.tumblr.com/
Online Academic Profile: http://bristol.academia.edu/MadeleineEmeraldThiele
- Introduction to Modern Art (Seminar Tutor)