Beatrice meeting Dante at a marriage feast, denies him her salutation

Dante Gabriel Rossetti1852

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

A founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a poet as well as a painter. From his earliest childhood he was familiar with the 13th-century poet Dante Alighieri and came to identify obsessively with his famous namesake. At the age of 20 he completed his translation of the 'Vita nuova' (The new life), an account of Dante’s unrequited love for the Florentine woman Beatrice Portinari. He was also inspired to paint a small number of watercolours on the subject, the first of which shows Dante in a red tunic almost fainting against a wall after catching sight of Beatrice in a marriage procession. Beatrice is directly behind the little flower girl, flanked by two dark-haired maidens. This watercolour was admired by John Ruskin, who owned a copy of it.


  • Title: Beatrice meeting Dante at a marriage feast, denies him her salutation
  • Creator: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Date Created: 1852
  • Physical Dimensions: 35.1 x 42.5 cm image/sheet (irreg.); 61.0 x 68.0 x 2.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Mr and Mrs Cecil Charrington, England, 3. then by descent to Mrs David (later Lady) Sells; Mrs Ernest Charrington, England, 2. Mrs Hadley, daughter of Henry Tanworth Wells; then by descent to Mr and Mrs Cecil Charrington; Henry Tanworth Wells RA, 1852, England, 1. From the artist to Henry Tanworth Wells, RA, 1852; then by descent to his daughter Mrs Ernest Charrington; Mrs David Sells, pre 08 Jun 1999, England, 4. Sold Sotheby's London, 8 June 1999, lot 21; Private Collection, post 08 Jun 1999, 5. Purchased Sotheby's London, 8 June 1999, lot 21 (£221,500); Hirschl & Adler, New York, pre 01 Dec 2003, New York/New York/United States of America, 6. Purchased by the AGNSW from Hirschl & Adler 2003
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased with funds provided by John Schaeffer 2003
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/431.2003/
  • Medium: watercolour and bodycolour with gum and scraping out over traces of pencil
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: England

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