DATE: April 6 to September 24, 2023
LOCATION: Tate Britain
This week, Tate Britain will be hosting a major exhibition, The Rossettis, devoted to the radical Rossetti family. It will include works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, and Elizabeth Rossetti (née Siddal).
The Rossettis exhibition will follow the romance and radicalism of the Rossettis through and beyond the Pre-Raphaelite years. It will be the largest exhibition of Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s works in two decades. It will also be the most comprehensive exhibition of Elizabeth Siddal’s work in three decades.
The Rossettis will feature 150 paintings and drawings as well as photography, design, and poetry. It will demonstrate how the Rossetti’s trailblazing lifestyles transformed the domestic interior through contemporary furniture, clothing and design. And it will include a look into the unconventional relationships between Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth and Jane Morris.
Gabriel Dante Rossetti (1828 – 1882) was an English poet, illustrator, painter, translator, and member of the artistic Rossetti family. He was the son of the Italian scholar Gabriele Rossetti and his wife Frances Polidori. And he was the brother of the poet Christina Rossetti, the critic William Michael Rossetti, and the author Maria Francesca Rossetti.
Gabriel founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 with William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens, and Thomas Woolner.
The brotherhood influenced and inspired generations of artists and writers including William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Evelyn De Morgan, John William Godward, Frederic, Lord Leighton as well as Claude Debussy, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Phoebe Anna Traquair.
Some of Gabriel’s most famous works are The Beloved (1865-1866), Lady Lilith (1867), and Proserpine (1874).
To book a ticket for The Rossettis, please visit Tate.org.uk