Maria and her cousins Marie Spartali Stillman and Aglaia Coronio were known collectively among friends as "the Three Graces", after the Charites of Greek mythology.
She studied at the Slade School under Alphonse Legros and under Auguste Rodin in Paris and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1887 and the 1889 Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society in London. She exhibited at the Paris Salon as well.
Her most notable modelling was for artist Edward Burne-Jones. She also sat as a model for James McNeill Whistler and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
- "Familiar within the circles of the Pre-Raphaelites for her dark red hair and pale skin..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Zambaco
- "The model for Nimue was Maria Zambaco, a Greek beauty having glorious red hair and almost phosphorescent white skin..." https://books.google.it/books…
- "Although short of stature, Zambaco had darkly beautiful Greek looks and, mostly important of all to the Pre-Raphaelites, a fine head of wavy auburn hair." https://books.google.it/books…
|Love Among the Ruins, by E. Burne-Jones|
|Phyllis and Demophoön, by Edward Burne -Jones|
|Cupid and Psyche by Edward Burne-Jones|
|Maria Theresa Zambaco, Dante Gabriel Rossetti|