Monday, January 07, 2008
Christian Rossetti wrote one of my favorite poems "Goblin Market" and the oft sung "In The Bleak Midwinter", set to music by Gustav Holst. Rossetti was viewed by her colleagues as a feminist and staunch avdvocate for human rights. Here is the cover for the collection of poems illustrated by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The model for the cover was his wife, Elizabeth Sidel who overdosed on opiates most likely due to post-partum depression, but she was a popular model for many pre-Raphaelite painters (ex. Ophelia by John Evertt Millais, 1862).
After her death Dante painted, "Beata Beatrix" as an homage to her.
In stark contrast we see her self-portrait as lying well outside of the Pre-Raphaelite idiom.
Check out "When I am Laid in Earth" linked to this post.