Beata Beatrix (replica)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: oil
Dimensions: 33 x 25 1/2 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1877
Exhibition History: Manchester 1911 (no.158); Tate 1911 (no.11); Tokyo 1990
Patron: Mrs. WMR


Current Location: Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery
Catalog Number: 25'91
Archival History: Given by DGR to Mrs. WMR; Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery 1891

Scholarly Commentary


This version of the work differs sharply from the other oils. The background detail clearly develops the cityscape as Florence (rather than leaving the matter ambiguously Florence or London); and the accessories are quite different as well. The messenger-dove is white in this version, not red, and the poppies are red, not white. The details framing the figure of Love (at the left) are distinctive to this work as well (the arbor vitae is replaced by a wall-niche with a crucifix above. The light is also represented very differently in this work from the others. Here light suffuses the area behind Beatrice from a source that is represented as natural (as the lines of light at the left emphasize). In general, the treatment verges on a kind of realism, even though the general iconic/symbolic composition is retained.

Production History

This replica was completed by Ford Madox Brown after DGR's death.


Beata Beatrix (replica)
Copyright: ©Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery


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