Victorian Art in Britain

Medea by Anthony Frederick Sandys


Painted in 1868 this is strikingly similar in topic to the later Morgan-le-Fay. This picture started off its life as a subject of violent controversy when it was rejected for showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. The quality of the picture was obvious, & the rejection was seen as perverse, & the result of internal politics, & jealousies. Unhappily this was not a rare event.  The painting yet again conveys an impression of powerful, & evil female sexuality. The draughtsmanship, as ever with Sandys, is excellent, & the picture also creates a claustrophobic atmosphere. 

Location : Birmingham City Art Gallery