Friday, April 2, 2010

Merciful Knight - Burne-Jones & Digby

The Merciful Knight (1863) Edward Burne-Jones
The source for this picture was an 11th century legend retold by Sir Kenelm Digby in 'Broadstone of Honour'. The hero of the legend was a knight called John Gualberto, who was later canonised. Burne-Jones explained the story as being 'of a knight who forgave his enemy (background, upper right) when he might have destroyed him and how the image of Christ kissed him in token that his acts had pleased God.'

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