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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882, British)


Dante Rossetti was born in London on May 12, 1828 to an English mother and Italian father. His mother, Frances Mary Lavinia Polidori was the sister of Byron's physician John Polidori, who had committed suicide at a young age. His father, Gabriele, was a literary scholar who was obsessed with the works of Dante and spoke mainly in Italian. Young Gabriel therefore spoke Italian as well as English from a very early age.
Jane Burden, Mrs William Morris
Rossetti was the charismatic force behind the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Rossetti had no respect for authority, and this caused him problems when he studied at the Royal Academy. His tutors wanted him to study High Renaissance artists such as Raphael. He preferred earlier artists like Botticelli. Together with fellow students John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, he formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Rossetti led a tangled love life. This is reflected in his paintings. He became romantically involved with many of his models, in particular Elizabeth Siddal. Siddal was the model for many of his most famous paintings, such as Beata Beatrix. Rossetti married Siddal, but she committed suicide the year after giving birth to their stillborn child. From 1870 onwards Rossetti produced less and less work. At the end of his life, he was depressed, suicidal, addicted to the drug chloral hydrate, and conducting an affair with his former friend Morris's wife.
Astarte Syriaca
The Beloved (The Bride)
Veronica Veronese

Eat thou and drink; to-morrow thou shalt die.
    Surely the earth, that's wise being very old,
    Needs not our help. Then loose me, love, and hold
Thy sultry hair up from my face; that I
May pour for thee this golden wine, brim-high,
    Till round the glass thy fingers glow like gold,
    We'll drown all hours: thy song, while hours are toll'd,
Shall leap, as fountains veil the changing sky.

In December of 1881 Rossetti had a mild stroke which left him largely paralyzed. He soon grew ill and, his physical decline caused his friends and family to fear that this was the end. Rossetti died on Easter Sunday (April 9) of 1882.
Regina Cordium
A Sea Spell
Dantes Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice
FoundThis painting is an unfinished version of 'Found' which deals with the fallen woman in contemporary Victorian society. Fanny Cornforth, Rossetti's mistress, modelled for the woman in the picture.

Sir Galahad
Lady Lillith
Monna Vanna
Fair Rosamund
Girl at a Lattice
Joan of Arc
Sibylla palmifera
La ghirlandata
Joli Coeur
Helen of Troy
Beata Beatrix
A Vision of Fiammetta
A Persian Youth
Proserpine

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