Bethlehem Gate

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 17 x 14 1/2 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1863
Note: The monogram and date are inscribed at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1863
Exhibition History: R.A., 1883 (no.292); New Gallery 1897 (no.48)
Model: William Morris
Note: The head of Joseph resembles that of William Morris.


Current Location: Tate Gallery
Catalog Number: 5232
Archival History: Painted for Ellen Heaton; By inheritance to her nephew Beresford Rimington Heaton; Bequeathed to Tate 1940

Scholarly Commentary


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Description: The Holy Family escapes by night through the Bethlehem city gate, rescuing the Holy Infant from the massacre of the Innocents. The Family is led by an angel who carries a palm while a second angel closes the gate behind them.


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    Surtees, Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 226.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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