#FridayPainting: John William Waterhouse “Destiny”

Happy New Year! We have come to New Year’s Eve and await the arrival of a new year – 2022. “Destiny” by John William Waterhouse is the last painting in my 2021 Art Calendar. I sense, within this beautiful and complex painting, a poignant farewell to a year of many events and happenings. My 2022Continue reading “#FridayPainting: John William Waterhouse “Destiny””

#FridayPainting: Dante Gabriel Rossetti “Joan of Arc Kisses the Sword of Liberation”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti is described as an English poet, illustrator, painter, and translator, and member of the Rossetti family. The last phrase “member of the Rossetti family” ignited my curiosity. I knew that his father, Gabrielle Rossetti was a poet and scholar and that his siblings were notable for their creativity: Christina Rossetti (Poet), MariaContinue reading “#FridayPainting: Dante Gabriel Rossetti “Joan of Arc Kisses the Sword of Liberation””

Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation

There were three at the first meeting held in the home of John Millais’s parents in 1848: John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.  Humble beginnings for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that would soon expand to include other kindred spirits who shared their intent on transforming the art world. The Brotherhood had fourContinue reading “Pre-Raphaelites & the Annunciation”

The Cathedral

“I lived inside the pictures and from the inside of them looked out upon a world less real than they.” Edward Burne-Jones The late afternoon sun reflected gently off the pillars of St. Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham as we headed back to our hotel after a full day of walking in Black Country – the EnglishContinue reading “The Cathedral”

Dante’s Kid Sister – Christina

“Tread softly! All the earth is holy ground.”   Christina Rossetti Every Christmas, I listen to In the Bleak Mid-Winter, never realizing the connection to Art Nouveau and the Pre-Raphaelites.  That is, until recently.  Dante Rossetti’s kid sister, Christina, wrote the poem which was set as a Christmas carol by Gustav Holst and then by HaroldContinue reading “Dante’s Kid Sister – Christina”