With its luxurious design and captivating text, this book brings to life a charming, extravagantly talented artist.
One of Victorian England's most charismatic characters, Dante Gabriel Rossetti painted and wrote with equal passion. He was similarly passionate in his personal life: his ethereal artist-wife, his earthy blond mistress, and the ravishing Jane Morris are all immortalized in his voluptuous images.
The melodrama of Rossettis life, darkened by rumours of suicide, adultery, and addiction, has often overshadowed his striking accomplishments as a painter.
This evocative volume vividly illuminates his life and his art. Two hundred sixty-five illustrations-140 in full color-capture the lush hues and elaborate imagery of his romantic canvases. The astute text provides-at long last-a clear and candid account of the artist that carefully untangles fact from myth. Reminiscences from the artists great-grandniece Helen Guglielmini provide an engaging glimpse of life with the Rossettis.
Rossettis career is chronicled from his early achievements as a founder of the tremendously influential Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, through his involvement with William Morriss revolutionary design firm, to the grandly unorthodox images of his final years. Skillfully weaving in quotes from the artist and his contemporaries, Dr. Faxon brings to life a charming, contradictory man. Sometimes delightful, sometimes infuriating, Rossetti was as apt to scribble a witty limerick or dash off a jokey caricature as he was to brood over a medieval fantasy or heartsick sonnet.
Rossettis prodigious art encompassed the meticulously detailed canvases of his early years, the jewel-like brilliance of his medieval tableaux, and the sensuously alluring women of his late paintings. He plundered the past for his painted and poetic images-especially favouring the tales of Dante and the romantic adventures of King Arthur-but his art was always uniquely his own, instantly recognizable and unforgettable. Beautifully designed with luscious reproductions, telling details, and graceful ornamentation, this is the first lavishly illustrated monograph devoted to this extravagantly talented artist. It was well worth waiting for
Dr. Alicia Craig Faxon is Professor of Art History, Emerita, from Simmons College, Boston, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Art and Music and was holder of the Alumnae Chair in the Humanities. She received a B.A. in history from Vassar, an M.A. in history from Radcliffe, an M.A. in art history from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in art history from Boston University. She has published numerous articles on Rossetti and several catalogs on far-ranging topics in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art.
Praise for Dante Gabriel Rossetti: "A lush treat, a book of incomparable beauty." - Cosmopolitan "Faxon...proves herself an astute guide to Rossetti's lush pictures with their often obscure symbolism or sources...This volume is indispensable to admirers of Rossetti's paintings or poetry." - Publishers Weekly "This sumptuous volume celebrates the artist and poet who was one of Victorian England's most provocative figures...the lively text and numerous color reproductions of the work of Rossetti and his circle convey a sense of the artist's charisma and impact on his era...an attractive acquisition for most art collections." - Library Journal
The early years; the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood; criticism, success, and dissolution; medievalism; new friends; Rossetti and Ruskin; the end of a dream; Venetian paintings and Lilliputian patrons; Jane Morris; the late work; summing up.