Rossetti drawing will go on show at Fitzwilliam Museum after 150 years
The artwork, called Ricorditi Di Me, Che Son La Pia (from Dante’s Purgatorio) was snapped up for £75 after being discovered in Edinburgh.
The subject is inspired by Dante’s Purgatorio. The woman, La Pia, is one of the souls that Dante encounters on his journey through purgatory. Unfortunately for Pia, her husband, Nello d’Inghiramo de Pannocchieschi, ordered her to be executed so that he would be free to marry his mistress at the time, who was the Contessa of Sovana and Pitigliano.
By the way, "Proserpine" was sold for £3,274,500 ($5,275,000) at Sotheby’s auction in London in 2013, setting a new record for the artist.
In an essay, Sir Ivor wrote that it was "a red letter day" when he purchased the "very fine and very large drawing".
- Alex Wilding for “Pie de Tolomei” from the Fitzwilliam Museum collection, 1868.
- Jane Morris. This chalkA study is an exercise painting that helps the painter better understand the object he or she paints. It is simple and clear, like sample letters in a school student’s copybook. Rough and ready, not detailed, with every stroke being to the point, a study is a proven method of touching the world and making a catalogue of it. However, in art history, the status of the study is vague and open to interpretation. Despite its auxiliary role, a study is sometimes viewed as something far more significant than the finished piece. Then, within an impressive frame, it is placed on a museum wall.is kept in a private collection.
So, when does a study remain a mere drill, and when can we call it an artwork in its own right, full of life and having artistic value? Read more
As the museum’s Ms. Ward has noted, "It's quite nice that he put that little warning note."
Sir Ivor Batchelor died in 2005 aged 88. Lady Batchelor died in 2014. The couple first made contact with the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1990 and generously donated objects from their collection over the following decade. This will be the first time items from the Batchelor bequest are exhibited together.
The Fitzwilliam exhibition featured 86 objects from the overall collection of 461 items. Highlights from the collection will be on display for the first time, including drawings by Rossetti, John Ruskin, William Orpen, Walter Sickert and Gwen John, as well as stoneware, glass, bronze and pieces of English pottery.
Also in the display is a 26.7in (68cm) bronze statue of Perseus by Sir Alfred Gilbert, who famously sculpted Eros in Piccadilly Circus.
Left: Gallery technician Tim Matthews dusts a bronze statue of Greek hero Perseus by Sir Alfred Gilbert Credit: Joe Giddens/ PA
Title illustration: The drawing by Dante Gabriel Rossetti "Pia de' Tolomei", 1868.