Symbolism in Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti started Beata Beatrix in 1863 after the death of his wife Elizabeth Siddal (1829-62). The painting illustrates the last chapter of Medieval Florentine writer Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)’s poem La Vita Nuova (1295). The female figure is of the writers’ beloved muse Beatrice Portinari (1266-1290) and was portrayed after Siddal. Rossetti ties the two love … Continue reading Symbolism in Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti