• fashion

    Fashion Details in Pre-Raphaelite Art

    The Pre-Raphaelites and the artists they inspired are known for their attention to detail.  While their  attention to nature is perhaps a more widely known aspect of Pre-Raphaelite art, their meticulous representation of clothing does not escape my notice.   Of course, there are many examples to choose from since Pre-Raphaelite art is rich with drapery and medieval-inspired costumes.   They…

  • Emma Sandys

    Emma Sandys

    Pictured above is  A Lady Holding a Rose by Emma Sandys.  Sadly little is known about  Sandys in comparison to her more famous brother, Frederick.  I recommend Serena Trowbridge’s post The Mysterious Emma Sandys.  (If you are unfamiliar with Serena’s blog, Culture and Anarchy, I’m just going to go ahead and suggest that you should bookmark or subscribe to it. It…

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    This page is a work in progress. Please use the search function at the bottom of the page if looking for a specific topic. Pre-Raphaelite Artists and Models: Pre-Raphaelite Marriages: Ruskin, Effie, and Millais Pre-Raphaelite Marriages: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal Jane Morris: An Enigmatic Muse Victorian author Henry James describes Jane Morris Elizabeth Siddal’s illustration of Pippa Passes…

  • Emma Sandys,  Paintings

    Preparing for the Ball

    I have a weakness for paintings with mirrors in them.  Preparing for the Ball by Emma Sandys is a perfect example.  According to Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists by Jan Marsh and Pamela Gerrish Nunn, this painting has been known by more than one title:  Preparing for the Ball, Before the Mirror and The Lady of Shalott.  Does she look as if…

  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti

    Roman Widow

      A beautiful Roman widow plays music beside her husband’s urn.  According to Walker Art Gallery, the marble cinerary urn is based on one Rossetti owned and the instruments were from Pompeian wall paintings.  While I don’t know exactly which images Rossetti used as his source, I did find this fresco from Pompeii via Wikimedia Commons: Most of my favorite Rossetti…