Dante Rediscovered @ The Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage

September 6th, 2007
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This is marvellous: Dante Rediscovered.


A high point for someone so familiar with The Walker’s Dante’s Dream was seeing Rosetti’s smaller watercolour of the same subject from 1856, featuring his wife Elizabeth Siddall in place of Janey Morris.

edit: this from the information card beside the Walker’s large oil - ‘this painting, based on a watercolour of 1856, has all the rich langour of Rossetti’s maturity, despite it’s gloomy subject’.

Notable differences between the watercolour and this later (in finishing) version are the addition of the birds in the room and the host of ascendant angels visible towards the top of the canvas.

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