Head of Dante

Seymour Kirkup (?)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti(?)

1839 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: oil and lithopone on canvas
Dimensions: 41.5 x 31.5 cm

Production Description

Production Date: 1839 (circa)


Current Location: Private Collection
Note: The picture has been proven to be a nineteenth-century work by Professor Conte Daniele Radini Tedeschi. It is possible that the picture may even be a copy made by DGR from Kirkup's copy, but the evidence for that has yet to appear.

Scholarly Commentary


This oil painting copies a detail from a fresco in the Magdalen Chapel of Florence's Bargello, discovered under whitewash by Seymour Kirkup in 1839. According to Marillier, one of the discoverers of the fresco, ostensibly Kirkup himself, sent a copy of the work to Gabriele Rossetti, DGR's father, as a gift. This image profoundly influenced Rossetti's own depictions of Dante, as is evidenced in Giotto Painting the Portrait of Dante , painted in 1852.


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