Dante's Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 25 3/4 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1856
Exhibition History: 4 Russell Place, Fitzroy Square, Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition, 1857 (no.54); Liverpool Academy 1858; B.F.A.C., 1883 (no.32); New Gallery 1897 (no.41); Tate 1923 (no.20); Paris 1938 (no.109); Paris 1972 (no.234); Newcastle 1971 (no.24); R.A., 1973 (no.101); Monacco 1979-80 (no.328); Tate 1984 (no.218)
Patron: Ellen Heaton
Model: Mrs. James Hannay
Note: Mrs. Hannay sat for the figure of Beatrice.
Model: Annie Miller
Note: WMR asserts that Annie Miller sat for one of the attendants.


Current Location: Tate Gallery
Catalog Number: 5229
Archival History: Ellen Heaton; Winnington School in 1864; Beresford Rimington Heaton; Tate Gallery 1940

Scholarly Commentary


This painting illustrates an episode from Dante's Vita Nuova in which the poet dreams that he is led by Love to the body of Beatrice on her funeral bier.


Dante's Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice
Copyright: ©Tate, London 2002


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    Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné , vol. 2, plate 95.
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    Angeli, DGR con 107 illustrazioni , 77.
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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated memorial , 72c verso.
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