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Fine Art Reproduction on Canvas ~ Unframed ~ 1868, 19th Century Artist
Title: LADY LILITH
Original Victorian Era Artist was: Rossetti, Dante Gabriel (English b.1828 d.1882)
Canvas Size: 19" x 13"
Painting Size: 14" x 12"
Suitable for Framing ~ Easy to Frame
The original painting of Lady Lilith is in the Delaware Art Museum. The oil painting Lady Lilith depicts artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti's version of an ancient figure, but with a twist. Here, the figure is in the guise of a Nineteenth century femme fatale. According to the legend, Lilith was the first wife of Adam. She was both beautiful and devious. Rossetti composed a poem about this woman, in which she is characterized as a dazzling seductress with golden hair that could be used to ensnare a man. Rossetti emphasized the deadly charms of Lilith's BEAUTIFUL tresses in this painting, for she is caught in the act of combing her luxurious locks, while gazing seductively into a hand mirror. It is also worth mentioning that two of Rossetti's ladies posed for this work of art, both Fanny Cornforth and Alexa Wilding lent their lovely features to Dante Gabriel Rossetti's enchanting representation of Lady Lilith.
In his Lady Lilith, painted between 1868 and 1873, Dante Gabriel Rossetti depicts the themes of both feminine sexuality and feminine culpability in an especially striking and unusual manner. Here he chooses to emphasize the parallel between the contemporary idea of the highly sexual seductress to that of Christian mythology's first female. According to myth, a highly sensual and erotic woman Lilith married Adam before his later union with Eve. Most of these accounts similarly portray Lilith in a less than favorable light, many of them hinting at her seductive nature as a supernatural or witch-like power over men. Here, Rossetti confronts us as the viewer with the central theme of this age-old tale, but forces us to consider the ways in which it applied to the Victorian women of his time.
Rossetti identified the subject on a label attached to the original frame: "Beware of her fair hair, for she excells/ All women in the magic of her locks,/ And when she twines them round a young man's neck/ she will not ever set him free again." These lines are taken from Shelley's translation of the Walpurgisnacht scene in Goethe's "Faus".
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born in London, son of Gabriele Rossetti, who had come to England in 1824 and was professor of Italian at King's College, London. His brother, William Michael Rossetti, became an eminent art critic, and he had two artistic sisters, Maria and Christina.
After studying at Sass's drawing academy for four years, in 1846 Rossetti was enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools. However, impatience with the restrictive methods and slow pace of the Academy regime led him to abandon his studies there. He then worked under Ford Madox Brown.
In 1848 he met Holman Hunt, and they shared a studio together for a time. Through Hunt, Rossetti became acquainted with Millais, and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was born in that year.
Rossetti's paintings are distinguished by his eye for beauty, choice of subjects and intensity of vision. He painted many pictures on the theme of Dante and Beatrice, and chose other subjects from Italian history and Arthurian tales.
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