'Mary Nazarene', Dante Gabriel Rossetti

A young woman with long red hair and a halo with a spade in a garden by a river

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.