• Alexa Wilding,  Dante Gabriel Rossetti,  May Morris,  Paintings

    La Ghirlandata

    La  Ghirlandata was painted at Kelmscott Manor after a period of great difficulty for Rossetti — he had attempted suicide earlier that year. Despite his paranoia and mental troubles, his work during this period is vibrant and beautiful.  This painting,in particular, is appealing to me with its stunning contrast of glorious red hair and verdant green which made it an…

  • Paintings

    La Bella Mano

    La Bella Mano, painted by Dante Gabriel Rossetti – 1875, oil, Delaware Art Museum. Models: Alexa Wilding as the woman, May Morris (daughter of William and Jane Morris) as the angel. More at Rossetti Archive. Rossetti’s Sonnet for La Bella Mano: O lovely hand, that thy sweet dost lave In that thy pure and proper element, Whence erst the Lady…