The Day Dream

by dante gabriel rossetti

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      The Day Dream was painted by the iconic Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1880. Rossetti's art was characterised by its sensuality and its medieval revivalism which is true reflection of The Day Dream.  Rossetti portrays his subject and muse Jane Morris showcasing Jane in a world of green, where she is surrounded by foliage, seemingly lost in a day dream whilst her book lies in her lap ignored and her left hand loosely holding a honeysuckle.  Rossetti wrote a sonnet to accompany this captivating piece and the poem ends with She dreams; till now on her forgotten book/Drops the forgotten blossom from her hand. Jane Morris shows little emotion, exuding instead a mysterious, symbolic air of wonder. Rossetti's The Day Dream is a captivating reproduction worthy of a special place in a living room or bedroom setting.
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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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