Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882),
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882), "Monna Vanna," 1866, oil on canvas, 35 x 34 in. © Tate, London

Rossetti’s Portraits
Holburne Museum, Bath, England
Through January 9, 2022

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882) remains the best known of the 19th-century Pre-Raphaelite artists, and now the Holburne Museum is mounting an exhibition that explores his distinctive portraiture, which blurs boundaries between actual people and literary subjects.

On view are paintings, drawings, photographs, and poems, including intimate drawings of his pupil, model, and wife, Elizabeth Siddal. Illustrated here is a characteristically sensual painting from the 1860s, when Rossetti depicted his mistress Fanny Cornforth in a series indebted to the Venetian Old Masters.

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