Chart the inspirations behind some of Victorian heavyweight, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s most iconic works, characterising the ideal of beauty in a Pre-Raphaelite world.
As the founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was right at the centre of the movement that valued beauty, nature and poetry above all else. This is the first exhibition dedicated to his portraits, ranging from intimate depictions of his loved ones to experimental works remnant of the ‘Old Masters’.
Famous works such as Blue Silk Dress (Jane Morris) (1868), pictured above, will sit alongside lesser-known drawings of fellow Pre-Raphaelites and extravagant portraits of his wife Elizabeth Siddal. The exhibition particularly explores Rossetti’s relationship to his muses and how they influenced the way he portrayed beauty in different ways, blurring the lines between mythology and symbolism.
This unique show is the first major exhibition of Rossetti’s work in over 20 years, celebrating his fascination with beauty, sensuality and femininity.