The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 13, 2024



(British, 1872–1898)
(British, 1832–1911)
Image: 22.8 x 14.2 cm (9 x 5 9/16 in.); Sheet: 28.5 x 20.4 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Aubrey Beardsley died unexpectedly at the age of just 25, at the height of his popularity, of tuberculosis.


This print depicts Isolde, the female protagonist of a medieval romance centered on an adulterous love triangle. Aubrey Beardsley frequently drew from literature in his artwork, whether as illustrations or independent works of art. He became immensely popular during the 1890s, when this work was made, for his characteristically stark, sinuous, and linear style. Although Beardsley's images often accompanied text in books, this print was published by the popular British art journal The Studio as a bonus for its readers.
  • ?-1993
    (Conrad Graeber Fine Art, Glyndon, MD)
    John Bonebrake [1918-2011], Cleveland, OH
    March 7, 2011
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • {{cite web|title=Isolde|url=false|author=Aubrey Beardsley, William Griggs|year=1895|access-date=13 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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