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Drawing Rossetti, found in a bookstore, for the first time presented in the museum

A preparatory sketch for the pre-Raphaelite “Pia de Tolomei” was purchased in 1956 for £ 75.The drawing of Dante Gabriel Rossetti to one of his greatest paintings, discovered in a second-hand book store in Edinburgh, will first appear in a public show. The preparatory etude is an educational sketch that the artist uses to study nature. Such a recipe for the artist, where everything is simple and clear. An etude is written quickly, precisely, schematically, literally on the knee - this is a proven way to touch the world and catalog it. But the status of etude in the history of art is so unstable that sometimes it acquires a value much more than the final picture, for which he served as a help. He is surrounded by a serious wide frame - and hoisted on the museum walls. So in what case is an etude a student warm-up, and in which is an independent, lively and valuable work? Read on to the painting "Pia de Tolomei" the artist made in 1868. This is an image of one of his favorite models, seamstress Alex Wilding. Rossetti met her walking down the street in London and was captivated by the flowing brown hair of the girl.
However, by the time Rossetti began to paint the picture itself, instead of Wilding, he portrayed Jane Morris, the wife of designer William Morris, whom he then passionately fell in love with. To illustrate his feelings, the artist chose an excerpt from Dante's Divine Comedy, which refers to the woman whom her husband had imprisoned and then poisoned. Rossetti wanted the world to believe that fantasy, which he was deceiving himself - that Morris kept Jane against her will (he continued this theme in the famous Proserpine).Pia de Tolomei (Pia de Tolomei) Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1880, 104.7 × 120.6 cm Over the painting “Pia de Tolomei” Rossetti worked from 1868 to 1881. The final work is now in the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Blessed Virgin" (1875−78). Harvard Art Museum, Cambridge
The sketch depicts Wilding sitting with her head slightly tilted. According to the description of assistant Rossetti, she had “a beautiful face, beautifully shaped with every feature, filled with calm, soft, mystical pacification.” The artist himself said that Alex had the type of person he had been looking for.
Rossetti wrote it many times, paying a preliminary fee so that she posed only for him. The girl was a model for such beautiful late works of the painter as “Arbor in the Meadow” (1872) and “Blessed Virgin” (1875−78).
But in the final version of "Pia de Tolomei" Rossetti portrayed Jane Morris bowed, not leaning her head, in a pensive, melancholic pose.

A picture depicting Wilding was found in a bookstore in 1956 by a professor of psychiatry, Sir Ivor Batchelor and his wife Onor, who had been collecting art and decorative arts for decades. The sketch has become part of an exceptional collection that will be on display at the Fitzwillam Museum in Cambridge.
  • Another drawing for "Pie de Tolomei" from the collection of the Museum of Fitzwillim, executed in 1868. Model - Alex Wilding
  • In the same 1868, Rossetti began to pose for Jane Morris. This chalk sketch is kept in a private collection.
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Arbor in the Meadow (1872). Manchester Art Gallery, Stretford
Sir Ivor, who died in 2005 at the age of 88, wrote about the find: “It was in a small antiquarian shop in Brunsfield, Edinburgh, in the years immediately after the Second World War. I found drawings and engravings that fit into our very small budget, but often were of excellent quality. The red sketch was in the shop on the floor, and I, having received an unexpected fee for the book, laid out £ 75 for it. ”

The picture is still in its original frame, and Rossetti’s note on the back side warns those who want to take it off about the fragile nature of pastels.The staff of the Museum of Fitzuillam place a drawing of Dante Gabriel Rossetti for "Pie de Tolomei" Photo: Joe Giddens / PA at the “Collectors and Donors. Masterpieces from the heritage of Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor ”for the first time will feature drawings by Rossetti, John Ruskin, William Orpen, Walter Sickert and Gwen John, as well as ceramics, glass and bronze. The exposition in the Museum of Fitzwilliam will open on December 4, 2018 and will receive visitors until March 3, 2019. Arkhiv: read us in Telegraf and look in Instagram
Based on The Guardian

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