Friday, June 15, 2012

The Portrait

The Portrait
Dante Gabriel Rossetti

black and red chalk

[from “ The Portrait”]
Even of her inner self the perfect whole,
The very sky and sea-line of her soul.
Note: Reportedly inscribed on the original frame.

the frame inscription from The House of Life sonnet “ The Portrait ”

the sonnet is also often and by tradition associated with another picture, the famous Beata Beatrix , which is a very different association since its model was DGR's dead wife Elizabeth Siddal.

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