Aglaia (née Ionides) Coronio (1834-1906)

Aglaia Coronio

Unlike her fellow Graces, Coronio did not exhibit her work in galleries. She produced textiles and costumes for domestic consumption and artistic use. Nevertheless, her work would likely have been seen by the diverse group of artists who visited 1 Holland Park, her family home, and 1A Holland Park, her marital home, from the 1870s into the early years of the twentieth century. Her work evidences that domestic space was a place of significant artistic production in that period. Furthermore, though her hand in them was largely anonymous at the time, her costumes appeared in artworks in various media by Burne-Jones that were exhibited, installed and disseminated internationally, which provided opportunity for her work to influence a wide range of fellow practitioners and spectators.

It is the case that much more information is often known about Victorian women's lives than their art works. Coronio has been afforded a write up in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography by Linda Parry, however, a more detailed study of her life, artistic productivity and patronage of the arts remains to be undertaken. This portal page is currently under development.

University of York staff and students and visitors with institutional access to the Oxford DNB will be able to access the link above.

View the Coronio section of the Three Graces exhibition