12/30/10

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dantis Amor - Finished Study


Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery

Date: 1859 – 1860
Technique: Brown pen and ink and wash on paper, 240 x 250 mm

This is a study for the oil painting Dantis Amor which was painted in 1860 (!) as the middle panel of a cabinet for William Morris's Red House at Upton (now dismantled). The side panels represented 'Dante Meeting Beatrice in Florence' and 'Dante and Beatrice in Paradise'. The central panel painting 'Dantis Amor' is now in the Tate collection. The subject is a symbolic representation of Beatrice's death.

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