|Giotto Painting the Portrait of Dante, 1852, Dante Gabriel Rossetti|
|Lady Lilith, 1867, Dante Rossetti,|
typical of most of his work.
|Dante Gabriel Rossetti as seen by himself and William Holman Hunt.|
|The cover of Christina Rossetti's |
Goblin Market and Other Poems,
1862, illustrated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Like his brother and sisters, Rossetti aspired to be a poet He attended King's College School, in its original location near the Strand. Wishing also to become a painter, Rossetti studied at Henry Sass's Drawing Academy from 1841 to 1845 then enrolled at the Antique School of the Royal Academy, for three more years. There he showed great interest in Medieval Italian art. After leaving the Royal Academy, Rossetti studied under Ford Madox Brown, probably his strongest influence and with whom he retained a close friendship throughout his life. It was through the Academy that Rossetti met Hunt and later Millais. Together they formulated their revulsion of the art they saw in the 1851 London Crystal Palace Exposition. The group hoped to reform English art by rejecting what they considered to be the "mechanistic" approach first adopted by the Mannerist artists who followed Raphael and Michelangelo, as well as the formal training regime introduced by Sir Joshua Reynolds. They aimed to return to the abundant detail, intense colors, and complex compositions of quattrocento Italian and Flemish art.
|The Girlhood of Mary Virgin, |
1849, Dante Rossetti.
|Ecce Ancilla Domini, |
1850, Dante Rossetti
|Found, 1854-55, 1859-81, Dante Gabriel Rossetti|
|16 Cheyne Walk, home of Dante Rossetti|
|Rossetti reading proofs of Ballads and Sonnets, 1862, Henry Treffry Dunn|
|Beata Beatrix,1864-70, |
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
|A Vision of Fiammetta, 1878, |
one of Rossetti's last paintings.