'Mary Nazarene', Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Watercolour on paper, painted about 1855, 34.3 x 19.7cm, Tate. Purchased 1911
Mary is shown tending a lily, symbolic of purity and a rose, the flower particularly associated with her. Above hovers the dove of the Holy Spirit. Mary is dressed unusually in green, symbolising spring and youth.
The title alludes to her living at Nazareth. This was originally intended to be part of a triptych showing her youth, family life and old age.