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.
- 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.
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. ”
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