Christina Rossetti

Poetry in Art

Susan Owens and Nicholas Tromans

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The first art book to explore Rossetti's art and poetry together, including her own artworks, illustrations to her writing, and art inspired by her

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) is among the greatest of English Victorian poets. The intensity of her vision, her colloquial style, and the lyrical quality of her verse still speak powerfully to us today, while her striking imagery has always inspired artists. Rossetti lived in an exceptionally visual environment: her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, was the leading member of the avant-garde Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and she became a favorite model for the group. She sat for the face of Christ in William Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World, while both John Everett Millais and Frederick Sandys illustrated her poetry. Later on, the pioneering photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and the great Belgian Symbolist Fernand Khnopff were inspired by Rossetti’s enigmatic verses. This engaging book explores the full artistic context of Rossetti’s life and poetry: her own complicated attitude to pictures; the many portraits of her by artists, including her brother, John Brett, and Lewis Carroll; her own intriguing and virtually unknown drawings; and the wealth of visual images inspired by her words.

Nicholas Tromans is program director at Christie’s Education, London, and former curator at Watts Gallery, Surrey. Susan Owens, an art historian and writer, is former curator of paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Watts Gallery, Guildford, Surrey
(11/13/18–03/17/19)

“The editors of Christina Rossetti: Poetry in Art—which is advertised as the first book to bring this material together—are surely right to argue that she composed her work in an atmosphere saturated with visual art.”—Ruth Bernard Yeazell, New York Review of Books
 

Long listed for the Historians of British Art Book Prize
ISBN: 9780300234862
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
Publishing Partner: Published in association with Watts Gallery
192 pages, 7 1/2 x 10
200 color + b/w illus.
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