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Portrait of the Day: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Past event archive
19 June 2019, 12:30

Room 26


  • Talks and Lectures

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
by George Frederic Watts
circa 1871
NPG 1011

Rossetti was a painter and poet; studied at the Royal Academy where he began translating Dante. He was a founding member of the Pre-RaphaeliteBrotherhood (1848), and closely associated with Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. After the death of his first wife and model Elizabeth Siddal, Rossetti would rekindle a long and complicated relationship with his model, muse, and wife of his friend William, Jane Morris, whom he met whilst working on the Oxford Union murals. Images of Jane filled his pictures and poems, creating the Pre-Raphaelite image of the 'femme fatale'

Portrait of the Day talks are given by members of the Gallery's Visitor Services Team and last for up to 30 minutes. Talks are subject to change so please call 0207 306 0055 on the day or check signage in the Gallery.