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2012 January 11

Day Four of Creation, Series: 1870-1876
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet (1833 - 1898)
Pre-Raphaelite Style
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Image Credit: Copyright William Morris Tile, Available for Non-Commercial use

     Explanation: Burne-Jones infused his paintings with a love of fantasy developed in his early childhood as a result of a rather sterile emotional environment. The paintings in this series, of which this is the fourth, exude a haunting beauty and serenity. Due to theft, color versions of this day are generally not available. However, to the right of the sepia toned picture is a detail from Day Five which shows the colors Burne-Jones used for the Day 4 Angel. The Genesis account of this day reads: 14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth." And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights - - the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night - - and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19, ESV)

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