Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Reprise)

The moderns forgot what the ancients knew: the greatest loves were all unrequited; or, if requited, unconsummated; or, if consummated, ended in the blackest tragedy.

Elizabeth Siddal was the model and muse of her husband, the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Here she appears as Beatrix, the unrequited love of famed Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

In 1861, Siddal was overjoyed when she became pregnant with Rossetti's child. She gave birth to a stillborn baby, before dying of a laudanam overdose at the age of 32.
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