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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Born: London, 12 May 1828
Died: Birchington on Sea, Kent, 9 April 1882
Nationality: Italian-English

father was Professor of Italian at King’s College School


Henry Sass’s private art school (1844; Antique School of the Royal Academy (RA, 1845); with Ford Madox Brown (1848); with William Holman Hunt (1848)


1848 – founds Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) with John Everett Millais and Hunt

1849 - exhibits Girlhood of Mary Virgin at Free Exhibition (London) with initials PRB

1850 – exhibits Ecce ancilla Domini! (inscribed PRB) at National Institution

1852 – PRB disbands

1855 – begins teaching at Working Men’s College (London)

1856 – befriends William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones

1857 – contributes to Edward Moxon’s illustrated edition of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s Poems along with Millais and Hunt; collaborates with Morris and Burne-Jones on scenes from Malory’s Morte d’Arthur for Oxford Union Debating Society (in situ)

1861 – publication of Rossetti’s The Early Italian Poets, financial support from John Ruskin; joins decorative arts (Arts & Crafts Movement) firm Morris, Marshal, Faulkner & Co.

1870 – Poems published


Scotland (1853)

Commissions from: 

John Ruskin; F. R. Leyland; George Rae, William Graham; C. A. Howell

Important Artworks: 

Girlhood of Mary,  1849 (Tate, London)

Ecce ancilla Domini!, 1850 (Tate, London)

Paolo and Francesca, 1855 (Tate, London). From Dante's Divine Commedy.

Dantis Amor, 1860 (Tate, London). From Dante's Divine Commedy.

Joan of Arc, 1864 (Tate, London)

Astarte Syriaca, 1877 (Manchester City Art Gallery, UK)

Web Resources

Metmuseum: Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood