La Mandolinata

La Mandolinata, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

La Mandolinata, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

La Mandolinata is an excellent example of opulence in jewelry in Rossetti’s work.  Complementing her brocade gown, we see that familiar spiral hair pin set among strands of pearls. (I love pearls in Pre-Raphaelite art.  See The Pursuit of Pearls and More Pre-Raphaelite Pearls)

The necklace is similar in style to the one seen in Rossetti’s Bocca Baciata and Fair Rosamund, both featuring model Fanny Cornforth. For more, see Rossetti and his Baubles. 

Bocca Baciata, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Bocca Baciata, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Fair Rosamund, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Fair Rosamund, Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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