Category Archives: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Image of the Week: Water Willow

Water Willow is one of my favorite depictions of Jane Morris by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Her face has a tender, graceful appearance. The setting is sentimental; DGR and Jane used to take walks in the area around Kelmscott.  Kelmscott Manor … Continue reading

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