Category Archives: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Don’t look back!

Orpheus was given his lyre by the god Apollo and it was the Muses that taught him how to play.  His gift for music enchanted all living things: wild beasts, trees and even stones.  After his journeys with the Argonauts, … Continue reading

Posted in Dante Gabriel Rossetti, myth, Pre-Raphaelite Subjects and Themes, Watts | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Ulalume

As I mentioned in Rossetti and the art of death, Edgar Allan Poe was a great influence on DGR’s work. The Raven is a prime example of Poe’s poetry influencing Rossetti’s.  It was a catalyst for The Blessed Damozel, where Rossetti reversed … Continue reading

Posted in Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edgar Allan Poe | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rossetti and the art of death

“It is a subject from an old story of mine — a woman dying while her lover is painting her portrait”  (Dante Gabriel Rossetti) This is a story of beauty, art, and death. The study for Bonifazio’s mistress captures a … Continue reading

Posted in Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Siddal | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Rossetti’s Day Dream

One of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s last paintings shows Jane Morris in a world of green.  She’s surrounded by foliage, seemingly lost in a day dream while her book lies ignored on her lap.  Her hand loosely holds a honeysuckle. Jane … Continue reading

Posted in Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Jane Burden Morris | Tagged , | 3 Comments

What is the “Pre-Raphaelite Woman”?

Women are central figures in Pre-Raphaelite art and this has given us the concept of a “Pre-Raphaelite Woman”. I frequently see the term ‘Pre-Raphaelite’ in occasional news articles, usually describing an actress or singer with long curly hair.  Florence Welch is … Continue reading

Posted in Alexa Wilding, Annie Miller, Burne-Jones, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Jane Burden Morris, mary zambaco | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Who is The Blessed Damozel?

The Poem:  Drawing inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Blessed Damozel explores the theme of lovers separated by death.  Like Poe’s Lenore, the damozel (an archaic form of damsel) has died and Rossetti introduces her … Continue reading

Posted in Alexa Wilding, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Margaret Hannay, sugarplum of the universe

Scottish author James Hannay once described his wife Margaret as the ‘sugarplum of the universe’.   Dante Gabriel Rossetti captured the sugarplum’s beauty in the sketch above, drawn a few weeks before the couple wed. Margaret also appears as Beatrice … Continue reading

Posted in Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Image of the Week: Pandora

Dante Gabriel Rossetti is making headlines with the recent news that Pandora will be part of the Sotheby’s sale of British and Irish art on May 22. With a price tag of £7 million. More than one version of Pandora exists.  Each … Continue reading

Posted in Dante Gabriel Rossetti, myth | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Regina Cordium (Queen of Hearts)

In 1859, Dante Gabriel Rossetti painted Bocca Baciata and it was a radical change in style. Afterwards his work gravitated towards images of a single female, quite often depicted from the bust up and surrounded by flowers, jewelry and other … Continue reading

Posted in Alexa Wilding, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Worst Man in London

  Seven years after her death, the coffin of Elizabeth Siddal was exhumed so that her husband, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, could publish the poetry he had buried with her. It happened in secret, yet eventually the deed came to be … Continue reading

Posted in Charles Augustus Howell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Georgiana Burne-Jones, John Ruskin, mary zambaco | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hand and Soul

In 1849, the newly formed Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood decided to start a magazine to help support and explain their artistic perspective.  The Germ had a short run of only four issues,  with the final two issues appearing under the title Art … Continue reading

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Posted in Books, Dante Gabriel Rossetti | Tagged , | 2 Comments