Love's Messenger, 1885. Marie Spartali Stillman

Love's Messenger, 1885. Marie Spartali Stillman

I'm looking forward to the upcoming exhibit, Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman, at the Delaware Art Museum in November. It will open just in time for my annual visit to family on the East Coast for the holidays! The exhibit is being co-curated by the Museum’s Chief Curator, Margaretta Frederick,  and Jan Marsh, the Pre-Rapahelite scholar. (Among many of Marsh's wonderful books on the Pre-Rapahelites, I particularly love The Pre-Raphaelites: Their Lives in Letters and Diaries.)

Spartali Stillman was one of just a few female artists working professionally in the 19th Century, Spartali Stillman's work reflected both her association with the Pre-Rapahelite circle and the influence of her time living and working in Italy. She studied under Ford Madox Brown, and painted scenes from Shakespeare, Dante, and Boccaccio, among others, as well as landscapes.  She was also a popular model, and sat for many artists of the time, including the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron.

Hopefully this new exhibit will bring some more positive energy to the Delaware Art Museum's Pre-Rapahelite collection after the unfortunate sale of Hunt's Isabella and the Pot of Basil last year.

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