Self-Portrait as "Beata Beatrix" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1614-20

Self-Portrait as "Beata Beatrix" by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1614-20

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Silver halide print on high quality archival paper (100+ year archiving ability).

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Self-portrait as Elizabeth Siddal as Beatrice Portinari from “Beata Beatrix” 1864-70, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Rossetti's ode to his lost love Elizabeth Siddal, who passed away two years before this masterpiece was started, and an homage to Dante Alighieri's despair in his unrequited love and subsequent mourning for Beatrice Portinari in the "Vita Nuova." SYMBOLISM to a T, hennies. This painting is jam packed full of nods to an art historical canon of loaded ammunition ;-) The green and grey of her dress are symbolic of the colors of hope and sorrow, as well as love and life. The dove represents impending death, a common transfiguration of the holy spirit, carrying opium poppies in its beak (referencing Siddal's overdose) and is red to represent passion.  In the background we see the character of Love holding the dimming flame of Beatrice's/Elizabeth's life, and Dante looking over helplessly. In the background we also see the Ponte Vecchio of Florence, where Alighieri's story takes place.I can go on and on cuz HONEY, THIS PAINTING IS OVERFLOWING. This was such a joy to research and recreate. If you wanna know more, look it up, b!