Olga's Gallery

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


The Blesse Damozel.

1875-1878. Oil on canvas. Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Read Note.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The Blesse  Damozel.

The Blessed Damozel. Rossetti used his most famous poem as the inspiration for this painting 25 years later after publishing it. The subject of the poem is platonic love:

The blessed damozel leaned out
From the gold bar of Heaven;
Her eyes were deeper than the depth
Of waters stilled at even;
She had three lilies in her hand,
And the stars in her hair were seven.
        (From ‘The Blessed Damozel’, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’)