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The Blessed Damozel

The Blessed Damozel

Title: The Blessed Damozel
Date: about 1875-81
Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Nationality: English
Date of death:
Materials: Oil paint; Canvas
Information: This painting shows Rossetti's late sensuous style. The picture is dominated by the damozel, a long-necked beauty with Cupid's bow lips and stars in her hair. Having died in the fullness of youth she is shown in Heaven, pining for her lover, as he looks up towards her. The picture was based on a poem Rossetti wrote in 1850 for 'The Germ', a short-lived magazine published by the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood and thier associates. The unusual composition, with a small predella, or decorated base, under the main picure, was suggested by Rossetti's patron, William Graham, who bought the original, larger version of this painting. This version was commissioned by the Pre-Raphaelite partron F R Leyland who hung it in his house with his significant collection of works by Rossetti.
Accession no: LL 3148
Credit line: Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1922
Location: Lady Lever Art Gallery, on display