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Arthurian Images

The Arthurian legends have been an inspiration to artists for centuries.
These pages try to show some of the variety of interpretations, in images rather than words.

 (Click on the images for larger size and better quality)



Medieval section


Iwein at the magical fountain
Rodenegg Castle mural, ca. 1200

Chertsey tile
(Loomis identifies it as "Porter opens to Roald" but adds a question mark)
ca. 1270

Winchester Round Table,
between 1250 and 1280

From: The Book of Lancelot du Lac, 1280
       Ms. 229, Beinecke Rare Book & and Manuscript library
Yale University, New Haven

Sir Percival and two other knights with the Holy Grail
Percival manuscript, 1286
© Bettman Archive

Amsterdam, Biblioteca Philosophica Hermetica MS 1, ii, f. 140,
Lancelot-Graal, The First Kiss
© Alison Stones

Lancelot Compilatie, 1320
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag

Tristan despatches the Dragon
Schloss Runkelstein mural, late 14th century

Galahad and Lancelot,
15th century (?)



19th century section


 Queen Guinevere (also called La Belle Iseult)
William Morris, 1858


"I am half sick of shadows" said the lady of Shalott
J. W. Waterhouse, 1860

La mort D'Arthur (most of it anyway)
James Archer, 1860

Watts, 1860

Morgan le Fay
Frederick Sandys, 1862-63

Frederick Sandys, 1863

How Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival were fed with the Sanc Grael, bur Sir Percival's sister died by the Way
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1864

Malwine Schnorr von Carolsfeld
The first to play Isolde in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, 1865

Ludwig Schnorr von Carolsfeld
The first to play Tristan in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, 1865

The beguiling of Merlin
Edward Burne Jones, 1874

The last sleep of Arthur in Avalon
Edward Burne Jones, 1881-91

Jean Delville, 1882

The Attainment of the Holy Grail
Stanmore Hall Tapestry,
Edward Burne Jones, 1898-99

The lady of Shalott
John William Waterhouse, 1887-88



20th century section


Sir Bors sees the child Galahad
  William Ernest Chapman, 1908

The marriage of Arthur and Guinevere

Tristan and Isolde
Waterhouse, 1916

Edward Reginald Frampton, ???

Prince Valiant
Harold Foster, 1937-71

From the movie Perceval le Gallois
Eric Rohmer, 1979

Hildegard Behren as Isolde and Yvonne Mintonn as Brangaine
in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde
Munich, 1980

Lancelot and Arthur,
in the movie Excalibur
Joh Boorman, 1981

Dame du Lac
cover from Marion Bradley's The mists of Avalon, 1982
design: Braldt Brads (?)

in the comic book Camelot 3000
M. W. Barr and B. Bolland, 1982-4

King Arthur Pendragon (?)
role playing game (?)
Greg Stafford, 1985 (?)

The Transformation of Tristan and Isolde into the chalice of their love potion
Stained glass animation (moving gif image)
Oleg Bychkov, (?)


King Arthur in the legends, art and film here: King Arthur, the stuff of future memory

For more Arthurian images, go to: Tristan stained glass windows

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