Lucretia Borgia

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: watercolour
Dimensions: 16 1/2 x 9 1/2

Production Description

Production Date: 1860-1


Current Location: destroyed; painted over by DGR

Scholarly Commentary


This is the first full-length portrait of Lucrezia Borgia by DGR, done almost a decade after painting the Borgia series. In this version, which was heavily overpainted to make the final version, Lucrezia is shown in a stiff pose, with brown hair rather than blonde. Along the base of the painting, DGR included a cartellino identifying Lucrezia as the wife of Alphonso, Duke of Bisceglia.


Included Text

Dom. Lucretiam de stirpe Borgia Alphonsi Ducis Biscelliae uxorem aetate xxiv sua anno MD Dantes Gabrieles Rossetti pinx.
Note: This text, transcribed by Marillier, is written on a banner at the base of the picture.


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    Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 105.
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