This event has already finished
at Tate Britain until 24 September
In 1848, at the age of twenty, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was one of the founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, alongside his brother William Michael, predominantly known as an author. In the same year their younger sister Christina had her first poems published, while their elder sister Maria would eventually write a book on Dante.
The Tate exhibition looks at the work of this remarkable family in all of its forms, as well as discussing their lives and loves. Inevitably this includes the woman Dante Gabriel would marry, Elizabeth Siddal.
As 'Mrs Rossetti' Siddall is fully integrated into the family. She has long been known primarily as a model, but is increasingly recognised as an artist in her own right. The exhibition explores the ways in which she and Gabriel worked together and influenced one another.
Inevitably, as the most productive visual artist of the family, Dante Gabriel is by far the best represented of the five, and apart from anything else this exhibition constitutes a superb introduction to his life and career. This is enhanced by 'guest appearances' by members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and from the world of Arts and Crafts, which helps to fill out our understanding of the family as a whole.
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