Description of the painting Dante Rossetti “Beloved” (Bride)

Description of the painting Dante Rossetti “Beloved” (Bride)

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Beloved (also known as the Bride) - oil painting on canvas, painted in 1865 by British artist of Italian origin Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Now she is in the London Tate Gallery. Two passages from a biblical canonical text known as the Song of Solomon are carved on a gilded frame .. They say that Rossetti, having finished work on the painting, nevertheless, in search of perfection, constantly made changes to it throughout his life.

The main character of the picture, caught in motion, raising a veil, around her are four virgin friends and an African boy-servant. Everything on the canvas contrasts with the reddish shade of the hair and the pale skin of the bride: the dark skin of a page, and various shades of dark hair of four girls, and their skin tone. Many experts have suggested that this technique of color contrast, emphasizing all the features of the bride’s face, was used by Rossetti under the influence of a controversial picture by Eduard Manet called Olympia. In 1865, while working on Beloved Rossetti, he visited the Mane exhibition and Olympia made an indelible impression on him. Many also find that in the Beloved one can feel the influence of the works of Titian himself.

Rossetti paid special attention to the headdress and clothes of the bride and girlfriends, in which the unimaginable combination of both the Peruvian and the Japanese national costume is clearly guessed. But still, this abundance of exotic fabric only frames the face of the bride, a typically Western European type, who dominates the center of the canvas.

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