Dante's Dream on the Day of the Death of Beatrice

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Born London, 1828-1882

Dante's Dream on the Day of the Death of Beatrice, 1880

Oil on canvas
Bequeathed by Miss Ethel M Colman through The Art Fund, 1949
Museum Number 6-1949

A founder member of the Pre-Raphaelites, Rossetti identified strongly with his namesake, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), the world famous Italian poet. Dante described this dream in his biography, 'La Vita Nuova'.

Dante is shown being led through the streets of Florence to the bedside of his dead lady. The glowing red-clad figure of Love bends for a moment over Beatrice with the kiss which her lover had never given her.

This is the most important of Rossetti's paintings in Scotland.

Dante's Dream on the Day of the Death of Beatrice
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