Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 – 1882) was a famed British painter and poet known as the eminent member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Dante left a other worldly legacy of ethereal portraits of women from mythological and classical literature.
Dante turned away from detailed religious scenes, investing instead in his obsession with female beauty, which he explored mostly through portraiture. Mythological portraits became most of his life's work and the goddesses, tragic heroines and saints Dante brought to life were based around a handful of long-time lovers and muses.
It is well known that the author J.R.R Tolkien took inspiration from Dante's Pre-Raphaelite scenes for his vision of "middle earth" as depicted in The Lord of the Rings.
Today, Dante's works are held in celebrated collections at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London.
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