The sitter in Rossetti's painting is one of his favourite models, Alexa Wilding. She portrays Venus, the Roman goddess of love, surrounded by flowers. The arrow she holds in her hand is poised ready to pierce hearts, the apple represents the fruit that tempted Eve and the roses and honeysuckles are symbols of desire. This attractive art print is the perfect romantic gift for Valentine's Day or a wedding anniversary. If you're looking for a gift for a special someone, let us know in the comments and we'll share our recommendations.
Photo credit: Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum