Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
'Head of Cassandra'
Museum no. CAI 12
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
The model for Cassandra here is Maria Zambaco. In Greek mythology Cassandra's beauty caused Apollo to fall in love with her and grant her the gift of prophecy. However, because she did not return his love, Apollo took away Cassandra's powers of persuasion, with the result that her predictions of catastrophe went unheeded.