Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week: 61

Painting of the Week: 61

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Beata Beatrix, c.1864-70, oil on canvas, 86.4 x 66 cm, Tate.

There should really be an I-Max viewing of Beata Beatrix – this 2-D painting doesn’t do her justice. Throughout his life, Rossetti wrote about women that were at once real and imaginary, live muses and dead figures from the past. They appear to artists as visions, but ones they can touch and feel. My favourite is Hand & Soul, a psychedelic thriller where a medieval Italian painter meets the projection of his own soul in the shape of a mystical woman, which he paints. So… Beata Beatrix, modelled on the artists deceased wife and muse Elizabeth Siddall, is not just a portrait, but a ghost or projection. Totally Rad (if you’ll excuse my french). Sometimes words express ideas that images can’t – which is why Rossetti wrote so many poems about painting – but maybe 3-D or CGI can. I recommend a good browse of the Rossetti Archive, to see how many ghosts you can spot. LS

Click here for an enlarged view of the painting.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s