Christina Rossetti Poetry in Art Nicholas Tromans, Susan Owens

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
16 Oct 2018
ISBN:
9780300234862
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
208 pages: 254 x 190mm
Illustrations:
200 color + b-w illus.

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.