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Beata Beatrix

Photo credit: Tate

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Rossetti draws a parallel in this picture between the Italian poet Dante's despair at the death of his beloved Beatrice and his own grief at the death of his wife Elizabeth Siddal, who died on 11 February 1862. Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) recounted the story of his unrequited love and subsequent mourning for Beatrice Portinari in the 'Vita Nuova'. This was Rossetti's first English translation and appeared in 1864 as part of his own publication, 'The Early Italian Poets'.

Tate Britain

London


Date

c.1864–70

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 86.4 x W 66 cm

Accession number

N01279

Acquisition method

Presented by Georgiana, Baroness Mount-Temple in memory of her husband, Francis, Baron Mount-Temple 1889

Work type

Painting


Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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