Astarte Syriaca (study for head)

Alternately titled: Venus Astarte (study for head)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pastel on pale green paper
Dimensions: 21 1/2 x 17 3/4 in.
Signature: monogram
Date on Image: 1875
Note: The monogram is inscribed at lower left. The date is inscribed at lower right.

Production Description

Production Date: 1875
Exhibition History: Newcastle 1971 (no.74); R.A., 1973 (no.364); Baden–Baden 1973-74 (no.139)
Patron: Clarence Fry
Note: DGR gave Fry this study with the finished oil painting.
Model: Jane Burden Morris


Current Location: Victoria and Albert Museum
Catalog Number: 490-1883
Archival History: Clarence F. Fry; WMR; Rossetti Sale (lot 42), £126; Whitehead; Victoria and Albert Museum

Scholarly Commentary


This is a study that DGR made of Jane Morris in 1875. It became the basis of the majestic oil he completed early in 1877, Astarte Syriaca .


Astarte Syriaca (study for head)
Copyright: © V&A Images/Victoria and Albert Museum


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 373.
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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