Rossetti’s Portraits exhibition catalogue

Rossetti’s Portraits exhibition catalogue


Artist, poet and founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) is one of the most influential figures in nineteenth-century British art. Best known for his medieval-inspired watercolours and sensual visions of female beauty, Rossetti also spent his career producing portraits of those closest to him: family, friends, patrons, models, and the three women who came to dominate his art and life, Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth and Jane Morris. Alongside these conventional portraits, Rossetti developed a distinctive approach to painting that combined portraiture with other genres, in which the models’ identities are brought to the fore as they pose as literary, mythological or symbolic figures whose lives parallel their own. This entanglement of art and life, character and model, subject painting and portraiture, highlights the multiple layers of meaning behind many of Rossetti’s works.

With two essays by nineteenth-century British art specialist, Christopher Newall, and Holburne Curator Sylvie Broussine, richly illustrated with 75 images including ravishing details in full page and spreads, this is a magnificent but approachable introduction to the richness of Rossetti’s portraiture.

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Publisher: Pallas Athene
ISBN: 9781843682097
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 180 x 220 mm

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