Based loosely on Chaucer's "Roumant de la Rose," this painting reflects the artist's Pre-Raphaelite fascination with medieval themes. The painting forms a trilogy, along with the monumental "Love Leading the Pilgrim" at the Tate Gallery in London and "Heart of the Rose," in a private collection. In the Dallas picture, the Pilgrim meets Idleness personified as a beguiling maiden. Having succeeded in escaping that temptation, the Pilgrim is led by love through a briar thicket, depicted in the Tate Gallery painting. The third moment in the narrative is depicted in "Heart of the Rose," where a winged figure leads the Pilgrim to the Rose, personified as a beautiful woman within a rose bush.


  • Title: The Pilgrim at the Gate of Idleness
  • Date Created: 1884
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 38 x 51 1/2 in. (96.52 x 130.81 cm) Framed dimensions: 57 x 68 x 4 5/8 in. (144.78 cm x 1 m 72.72 cm x 11.748 cm)
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3110390/
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O'Hara Fund
  • Artist Nationality: British
  • Artist: Edward Burne-Jones

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