Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Mariana

oil on canvas
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Inspired by the opening of Act IV of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Inscribed on the frame Rossetti wrote 'Take, O take, those lips away'. The painting features Jane Morris and is very similar in the head at least to his portrait of her in 1868 (Portrait of Mrs William Morris in a Blue Silk Dress). The Page Boy was modelled by Willie Graham whose Father commissioned the picture.

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