Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Rossetti's Venus Verticordia


Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) was one of the most unusual and original of all Victorian artists.

He was a founder member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. In his middle years he created vivid watercolours and intricate drawings on themes of love and morality. He is perhaps best known for his images of powerful and mysterious women. These dreamlike and erotic paintings have a magic that still speaks to us today.

Rossetti created a new kind of art. He used colour, design and symbolism to suggest a mood and to convey the ideas that were important to him - female virtue, beauty, sensuality, love, death and destiny.

In 2003 the Walker Art Gallery held the first major show of Rossetti's works since 1973. It included over 150 items, featuring many of his most famous pieces. Here you can see a selection of these works and find out more about one of British art's most fascinating figures.

This exhibition was organised by Walker Art Gallery in partnership with the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam where the exhibition was also on display.

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