Dante Gabriel RossettiMonna Vanna 1866

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828‑1882)
Monna Vanna
Date 1866
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 889 x 864 mm frame: 1290 x 1168 x 92 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from Sir Arthur Du Cros Bt and Sir Otto Beit KCMG through the Art Fund 1916
On loan to Palazzo Chiablese (Turin, Italy)


This is one of a series of decorative pictures of beautiful and sensual women, which Rossetti produced in the mid 1860s. The model is Alexa Wilding, who sat for some of Rossetti's best-known works, including La Ghirlandata (1873, Guildhall Art Gallery, Corporation of London) and The Blessed Damozel (1875-8, Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts). The spiral pearl clasp in her flowing auburn hair and the red coral necklace appear frequently in Rossetti's pictures of women. Along with the sweeping movement of her arms, the green rosettes on her shoulder and the floral earrings, they serve to accentuate the picture's circular composition… (read more)

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