Dante Gabriel Rossetti produced portraits of around 90 different people throughout his career, including family, fellow artists, models and the three women — Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth and Jane Morris — who dominated his art and life. In this talk, curator Sylvie Broussine will delve into Rossetti’s relationship with the genre, discussing his conventional portraits alongside works that blur the boundaries between portraiture and abstract or narrative compositions, in which the models’ identities are brought to the fore as they pose as literary or biblical figures whose lives parallel their own.
Sylvie Broussine is Assistant Curator at the Holburne Museum. She js a former Art Fund Curatorial Trainee at the National Gallery where she specialised in 17th-century Spanish painting. At the Holburne she curated Rossetti’s Portraits and has contributed to such exhibitions as Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years, Édouard Vuillard: The Poetry of the Everyday and Thomas Lawrence: Coming of Age.
Image: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal,1850s, pen and brown ink with ink wash on paper. Photo by Birmingham Museums Trust, licensed under CC0
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