The Rossetti was just sold for 1.9 million pounds at the auction at Christie’s. Wish I had that much money (or just the painting)!
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, How Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Percival were fed with the Sanc Grael; but Sir Percival’s Sister died by the Way, 1864.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Regina Cordium (detail), c. 1860
This is probably my favourite depiction of Lizzie Siddal ever, apart from Ophelia. The languid eyes, the Cupid lips, the flowing hair…
Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Beata Beatrix, 1864-70. Oil on canvas
From Tate Gallery:
The inspiration was Dante’s Vita Nuova (‘New Life’), which explores the Italian poet’s idealised love for Beatrice and her premature death. As an omen of death, a bird drops a white poppy between her open hands. In the background the ghostly Dante gazes towards the figure of Love. Rossetti viewed this as a memorial to his wife and the model for Beatrice, Elizabeth Siddall, who had died in 1862. Rossetti had buried the manuscripts of his unpublished poems including ‘On the Vita Nuova of Dante’ with his wife but, in a macabre twist, retrieved and published them in 1870.