#WombatFriday: Rossetti’s Beasts

Inspired by artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s passion for wombats, every Friday is Wombat Friday at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. “The Wombat is a Joy, a Triumph, a Delight, a Madness!” – Dante Gabriel Rossetti Last week my worthy assistant T-Dub learned all about Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s exotic menagerie of animals.  He’s still reading William Michael Rossetti’s compilation…
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In which I embrace criticism

I’ve seen comments online that say the Pre-Raphaelites mainly appeal to adolescents.  Even this 2007 piece from The Guardian quotes a senior curator at Tate Britain saying they’d have complaints from teenage girls if they didn’t show Pre-Raphaelite art.  At first I bristled at this, knowing that it is a style of art that appeals to…
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The Kelmscott Chaucer

In 1891, William Morris founded the Kelmscott Press in an effort to realize his vision of creating exquisitely crafted books.  Joining him in this endeavor was his longtime friend Sir Edward Burne-Jones, who contributed over one hundred designs to Kelmscott Press editions. The books they created were unique in their craftsmanship and beauty, which you…
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Why write about Pre-Raphaelite women?

I receive many positive emails through this blog because, for the most part, people in the world are great.   The negative ones stand out, though, and occasionally eat at me. In a recent message, someone (I assume not a regular reader of this blog) questioned my feminism because I am devoted to Pre-Raphaelite art….
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Healing, resting

“There is nothing stable in the world; uproar’s your only music.”-John Keats Several months ago I was diagnosed with a dermoid tumor on my ovary. If you aren’t squeamish, google dermoid. It’s a real monster.  However, I am extremely grateful for mine. It saved my life. During exams and tests leading up to surgery, my…
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Legendary Armor

It’s Mythic March! Created by my friends Grace Nuth and Lisa Stock, its premise is similar to NaNoWriMo: spend a month incorporating the beauty of myth into your daily life. Many participants will use the opportunity to get creative and embark on new projects and crafts. I’d like to use this month to look at how…
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Pre-Raphaelite work spotted in Seinfeld

I’ve added a new entry to the Unexpected Sightings page. ‘Reverie’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti can be seen in the background of NBC sitcom  Seinfeld.  This is Mr. Pitt’s apartment, where the character Elaine works as Mr. Pitt’s personal assistant.  Sixth episode of the sixth season of Seinfeld, titled ‘The Gymnast’.   To see Pre-Raphaelite…
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Art Inspired Flash Fiction: The Beacon

She waits. Her eyes dart from wave to wave, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. He will come– as he does nightly–braving the turbulent sea for his love. She imagines him swimming with long powerful strokes. His arms must surely ache and burn, but it will be of no consequence to him, for he…
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Happy Wombat Friday

Once again, that cheeky wombat makes his appearance.  Here he is with Lizzie Siddal. Are you missing out on the wombat fun?  If you’re a Twitter user, just search the hashtag #wombatfriday.  Or take a look at my feed.  I retweet as many Friday wombats as I can. My Twitter name is beguilingmerlin, after the…
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Wombat Friday: And the winner is…

It has been a difficult week. So many troubling stories in the news. The Pre-Raphaelites had it right when they sought to include nature in their works, for today this simple, cheerful flower has boosted my mood. Happy Wombat Friday! “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we…
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Wombat Friday: The Fairy Tale Edition

 Wombats can participate in Mythic March too, you know. Pre-Raphaelites and Fairy Tales are a perfect combination.  Beauty, magic, perhaps a hint of danger.  So today’s Wombat Friday is all about celebrating Fairy Tales.  But first, you have to welcome Kirsty, who shares her first Wombat Friday post at The Kissed Mouth.  Now, for your…
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Millais Transcription

I’ve finished transcribing the passages from The Life and Letters of Sir John Everett Millais that describe the formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  You can read it here. Up next:  I’m in the process of transcribing Holman Hunt’s account.  

I’m having way too much fun with museum photos.

Pre-Raphaelite fans never disappoint.  When I decided to create a gallery to share candid exhibit pics, I had no idea that I would receive so many.  And believe me when I tell you that I could look at pictures of people posing with Ophelia or The Lady of Shalott all day!  So, thank you and…
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