By Paul Spencer-Longhurst
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) is best known as a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a society of artists dedicated to reforming British painting. The later part of his career has come to seem like a prolonged coda of unexpected and little-known developments, involving a return to oil painting and the pioneering of a series of idealized and symbolic portraits of "stunners"—beautiful women shown at close range in exotic settings —who were to become his staple subject matter for the rest of his career. Published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Birmingham, England, this catalogue explores those portraits of languorous beauties painted between about 1860 and 1870, the reasons for Rossetti's change of style and medium, and his relationships with women.
128 pages, 8 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches
44 color and 19 black-and-white illustrations
Published by Scala Publishers in association with the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, the University of Birmingham, England
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