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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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(b London, 12 May 1828; d Birchington, nr. Margate, Kent, 9 Apr. 1882). English painter and poet. He came from a remarkable and talented family: his father was an exiled Italian ...

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Alison Milbank

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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...and Drawings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882): A Catalogue raisonné (2 vols, Oxford, 1971). D. G. Riede , Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Limits of Victorian Vision (Ithaca, NY, and London, 1983). R. Ash , Dante Gabriel Rossetti (London, 1995). J. Marsh , Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Painter and Poet: A Biography (London, 1999). J. J. McGann , Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Game that Must be Lost (New Haven, 2000). W. E. Fredeman , R. Lewis , and J. Cowan (eds), The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (10 vols, Cambridge,...

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ) English Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter , produced a few, very influential book illustrations. His designs for W. Allingham ’s ‘Maids of Elfen-mere’ ( 1855 ) and E. *Moxon ’s Tennyson ( 1857 ) initiated a new style in wood *engraving . For his sister Christina ’s poetry, Rossetti designed bindings as well as illustrations. Judy Crosby Ivy...

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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature

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2005
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93 words

..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ). Son of the exiled carbonaro and Dantist Gabriele Rossetti ( 1783–1854 ), he published the first English translation of Dante 's Vita nova (with Early Italian Poets , 1861 ), and used the text as inspiration for paintings, which then enjoyed a vogue in Italy. He was the major pre-Raphaelite influence on the culture of Rome in the 1880s, for example on the artistic movement In arte libertas ( 1887 ), and on D'Annunzio , who spread his influence by recreating Rossetti's heroines verbally, especially in Il piacere ...

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The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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Literature, Society and culture
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84 words

..., Dante Gabriel ( Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti ) ( 1828–82 ), poet and painter : b. London ( Marylebone : Hallam St.); lives in London ( City : Victoria Embankment) 1852–62 ; stays in Hastings 1854 ; m. in Hastings 1860 ; lives in London ( Chelsea : Cheyne Walk) 1862–82 ; visits Old Dailly 1868–9 ; shares tenancy with Morris in Kelmscott 1871–4 ; lives last months and is buried in Birchington ; memorials in Birchington, Hastings, and London ( Chelsea : Cheyne Walk). ‘The King's Tragedy’ in Ballads and Sonnets 1881...

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The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales

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2005
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..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ), English painter and poet . A founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ( 1848 ), Rossetti developed a highly personal subject-matter and symbolism inspired by medieval poetry (particularly Dante). Although his later work was almost entirely devoted to sensuous allegorical images of women, earlier paintings included many subjects from medieval literature, including the Arthurian cycle. Closest in feeling to a fairy tale is ‘The Wedding of St George and Princess Sabra ’ ( 1857 ); Rossetti gives the legend a...

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Suzanne Rahn

The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2 ed.)

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2015
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..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ) English painter and poet . A founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ( 1848 ), Rossetti developed a highly personal subject-matter and symbolism inspired by medieval poetry (particularly Dante). Although his later work was almost entirely devoted to sensuous allegorical images of women, earlier paintings included many subjects from medieval literature, including the Arthurian cycle. Closest in feeling to a fairy tale is ‘The Wedding of St George and Princess Sabra ’ ( 1857 ); Rossetti gives the legend a...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ) Poet and painter (his full first names were Gabriel Charles Dante , but his form of these has become customary), and brother to Christina Rossetti , and William Michael Rossetti . He studied painting with John Everett Millais and Holman Hunt , and in 1848 , with them and four others, founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood . Several of his poems, including ‘The Blessed Damozel’ and ‘My Sister's Sleep’, and a prose piece, ‘Hand and Soul’, were published in The Germ ( 1850 ). In 1854 he met John Ruskin , who...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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Encyclopedias
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65 words

..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ) English poet and painter . A founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood , he developed a style of medieval Romanticism after the group dispersed. His lush style is evident in idealized portraits of women, such as Beata Beatrix ( c .1863 ), which were often modelled on his wife, Elizabeth Siddal . Rossetti's poetry includes Ballads and Sonnets ( 1881 ). He died of drug and alcohol...

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Elizabeth Helsinger

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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2014
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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.... London: Tate, 2012. Helsinger, Elizabeth K. Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris . New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2008. Marsh, Jan . Dante Gabriel Rossetti: Painter and Poet . London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1999. McGann, Jerome . Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Game That Must Be Lost . New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2000. Pater, Walter . “Dante Gabriel Rossetti.” In Appreciations . London: Macmillan, 1889. Pater, Walter . Studies in the History of the Renaissance . Edited with...

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June Cochrane

The Oxford Companion to British History (2 ed.)

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2015
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History, Regional and National History
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149 words

..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ) . Poet and painter. Rossetti was born in London, the son of an Italian refugee. Taught drawing by Cotman , he also worked with Ford Madox Brown , before coming under the guidance of Holman Hunt in 1848 . His first major work, The Girlhood of Mary Virgin , was also the first to bear the initials PRB ( Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood ). He soon moved away from brotherhood principles to follow what Millais called ‘his own peculiar fancies’, his best painting being done during his association with the model Elizabeth...

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Oxford Reader's Companion to George Eliot

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Current Version:
2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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... Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ), English poet , painter , translator . In July 1862 George *Smith sent George Eliot a copy of Rossetti's The Early Italian Poets from Ciullo D'Alcamo to Dante Alighieri ( 1861 ). She noted Guido Guinicelli 's canzone ‘Of the Gentle Heart’ in Rossetti's translation, and later inserted it as epigraph to chapter 61 of Daniel Deronda . On 9 January 1870 Rossetti lunched at The *Priory , and four days later Eliot and G. H. *Lewes went to see his pictures (of Pandora, Beatrice, Cassandra, Mrs Morris, for...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014
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Religion
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..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ), English painter and poet, and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In his early years he was much influenced by Dante , and in his own poetry of this period Christian themes abound, his ideal of womanhood being expressed by the BVM and Beatrix. Of his paintings The Girlhood of Mary Virgin ( 1849 ), and Ecce Ancilla Domini ( 1850 ) (both in the Tate Gallery, London) recall something of the spiritual beauty of medieval pictures, but this simplicity is lacking in most of his work. From c. 1863 religious...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Art (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
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Art & Architecture
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644 words

..., Dante Gabriel ( b London, 12 May 1828 ; d Birchington, nr. Margate, Kent, 9 Apr. 1882 ). English painter and poet. He came from a remarkable and talented family: his father was an exiled Italian patriot and Dante scholar, his sister the poet Christina Rossetti , and his brother the critic William Michael Rossetti . Growing up in modest circumstances but a strongly literary environment, he at first found it hard to decide whether he should devote himself to poetry or painting. Although painting became his profession (following the advice given to...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ) Poet and painter , whose full first names were Gabriel Charles Dante (but his form of these has become customary); born in London, the son of Gabriele Rossetti ( 1783–1854 ), an Italian patriot who came to England in 1824 , and brother to Christina Rossetti , and William Michael Rossetti . He was brought up in an atmosphere of keen cultural and political activity which contributed more to his artistic development than his formal education at King's College School, London. He studied painting with John Everett...

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The Oxford Companion to Western Art

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Current Version:
2003
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Art & Architecture
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298 words

..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ). English poet and painter, born in London. Rossetti was a precocious, charismatic, but ill-disciplined student who left the RA Schools ( see under London ) in 1848 for a brief pupillage with Ford Madox Brown . In the same year he was a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and he exhibited The Girlhood of Mary Virgin (London, Tate) in 1849 . In 1850 he painted his first subject from the works of Dante , who remained a lifelong inspiration. From 1854 he prospered under the patronage of John Ruskin and...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature

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Current Version:
2006
Subject:
Literature
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3,140 words

... Aestheticism ; Pre-Raphaelites ; and Christina Rossetti . Selected Works The Early Italian Poets (1861) Poems (1870) Ballads and Sonnets (1881) The Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1911) Editions Doughty, Oswald , and John Robert Wahl , eds. The Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti . Oxford, 1965–1967. McGann, Jerome J. , ed. The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive . http://www.rossettiarchive.org . Rossetti, William Michael , ed. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: His Family-Letters. With a Memoir . Boston,...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Religion
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169 words

..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ), was the son of an Italian political refugee in London. He was both poet and painter, undecided as to which was his true vocation. After various false starts, he was helped by Holman Hunt , through whom he met Millais , and with them was a founder-member of the PRB (which see). He painted two religious pictures, The Girlhood of Mary Virgin ( 1848–9 ) and Ecce Ancilla Domini ( 1849–50 : both London, Tate), which contain new iconographic inventions, the Girlhood picture being very heavily loaded with symbolism,...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–1882 ) British poet and artist The Early Italian Poets ( 1861 ) Poetry Poems ( 1870 ) Poetry Ballads and Sonnets ( 1881 ) ...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
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Quotations
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...0DanteGabriel Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828 – 82 English poet and painter The blessed damozel leaned out From the gold bar of Heaven. ‘The Blessed Damozel’ (1870) st. 1 blessed damozel blessed damozel gold bar of heaven Look in my face; my name is Might-have-been; I am also called No-more, Too-late, Farewell. The House of Life (1881) pt. 2 ‘A Superscription’ my name is might -have-been I am also called no -more Too-late, farewell I have been here before, But when or how I cannot tell: I know the grass beyond the door, The sweet keen smell,...

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A Dictionary of British History (3 ed.)

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2015
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..., Dante Gabriel ( 1828–82 ). Poet and painter. Rossetti was born in London, the son of an Italian refugee. Taught drawing by Cotman , he also worked with Ford Madox Brown, before coming under the guidance of Holman Hunt in 1848 . His first major work, The Girlhood of Mary Virgin , was also the first to bear the initials PRB ( Pre‐Raphaelite Brotherhood ). He soon moved away from brotherhood principles to follow what Millais called ‘his own peculiar fancies’, his best painting being done during his association with the model Elizabeth Siddal ,...

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