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"Love Among the Ruins" by Edward Burne-Jones.
Burne-Jones is one of my three favourite artists of all time (the other two are Donato Giancola and John Howe), and I find every one of his paintings to be full of a wistful idealism, and a yearning after a time and place quite distant from the one we know. I can empathise, especially after his quote “I’ve lived within the pictures, and from within, looked out on a world less real than they…” Often I wish that I could escape to a world more beautiful - or not that I find this world to be ugly - it’s more that I can see how beautiful it is in itself, but human civilisation is all too often ugly when it doesn’t need to be. I wish I could wander trackless, pristine forests; the haunt of Nimue, and stand in awe amid the ruins of mighty temples reclaimed by nature, and when I visited a city I could see it in harmony with itself, with the land and nature, and with its past and future.
But getting back to the painting “Love Among the Ruins” - this image speaks to me particularly as it deals with a couple strengthened and supported by their love, until the ruins of their world become beautiful.

"Love Among the Ruins" by Edward Burne-Jones.

Burne-Jones is one of my three favourite artists of all time (the other two are Donato Giancola and John Howe), and I find every one of his paintings to be full of a wistful idealism, and a yearning after a time and place quite distant from the one we know. I can empathise, especially after his quote “I’ve lived within the pictures, and from within, looked out on a world less real than they…” Often I wish that I could escape to a world more beautiful - or not that I find this world to be ugly - it’s more that I can see how beautiful it is in itself, but human civilisation is all too often ugly when it doesn’t need to be. I wish I could wander trackless, pristine forests; the haunt of Nimue, and stand in awe amid the ruins of mighty temples reclaimed by nature, and when I visited a city I could see it in harmony with itself, with the land and nature, and with its past and future.

But getting back to the painting “Love Among the Ruins” - this image speaks to me particularly as it deals with a couple strengthened and supported by their love, until the ruins of their world become beautiful.

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