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Rossetti: about the artist

Portrait of a woman with long red hair

Detail of 'Pandora' by Rossetti.

Rossetti (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter, translator and cofounder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.

He was the main inspiration for a second generation of artists influenced by the movement, most notably William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. His work also influenced the European Symbolists and was a major precursor of the Aesthetic movement. His art was characterised by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism.

His personal life was also closely linked to his work, especially his relationships with his models and muses Jane Morris, his wife Elizabeth Siddal and Fanny Cornforth.

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