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The sting of Passion

Exhibition  /  11 Jul 2009  -  25 Oct 2009
Published: 22.06.2009
Manchester Art Gallery
Management:
Jo Bloxham
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(...) An exhibition of jewellery made in response to Manchester Art Gallery’s collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. (...)
An exhibition of jewellery made in response to Manchester Art Gallery’s collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings.
The title of this exhibition, The Sting of Passion, is taken from a line in a poem, which the Greek poet, Sappho wrote as a hymn to Aphrodite. A depiction of Sappho is included in this publication.

I have always felt a natural empathy with the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In them I can see a potent and enigmatic quality that - despite the superficial appearance of warmth, serenity and beauty - hide profane and often sinister meanings. Many Pre-Raphaelite and Late Victorian paintings were made in response to a poem or a piece of historical literature, often belonging to medieval mythology. Likewise, the jewellery made for each painting in The Sting, is a contemporary interpretation of something from the past.

The twelve paintings selected for The Sting have a common theme. They are not just aesthetically pleasing and beautifully painted; they all depict women in various guises. Be it the woman portrayed as the Temptress, Seductress, Femme Fatale or purely as an icon of beauty, there can be no doubt - these women are dangerous. They appear to have a hypnotic power over man, which serves to highlight and expose his vulnerability.

Human weakness is at the heart of these tales. Love can be a fatal drug. These women are not to be messed with!

Jo Bloxham
Curator 

Sappho by Charles-August Mengin, 1887.
Sappho by Charles-August Mengin, 1887

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Jivan Astfalck. Bracelet: Sting of Passion, 2009. Sterling silver, fine gold and garnets. Jivan Astfalck
Bracelet: Sting of Passion, 2009
Sterling silver, fine gold and garnets
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Joli Coeur by Dante Gabriel Rossetti,1867.
Joli Coeur by Dante Gabriel Rossetti,1867

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Marianne Schliwinski. Pendant: Untitled, 2009. Copper, vintage crystal, coral beads and gold. Brooch
. Fine silver, glass, porcelain, coral, lacquered wood and photo . Marianne Schliwinski
Pendant: Untitled, 2009
Copper, vintage crystal, coral beads and gold
Brooch
Fine silver, glass, porcelain, coral, lacquered wood and photo

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Ophelia by Arthur Hughes, 1852.
Ophelia by Arthur Hughes, 1852

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Kepa Karmona. Neckpiece: Neckpiece for Ophelia, 2009. Concrete, glass. Kepa Karmona
Neckpiece: Neckpiece for Ophelia, 2009
Concrete, glass
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