Sketch of a Nude Woman Bathing

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Production Description

Production Date: 1863-1869


Current Location: Duke University Library

Scholarly Commentary


This drawing is hidden behind a list of memoranda in a notebook used by DGR in the 1860s. Although the sketch is partially obscured by text, it seems to depict the full-length figure of a nude woman wringing her hair. The scribbles at her feet suggest the subject of Venus Anadyomene (rising from the sea), but there is also the faintest impression of a perspectival construct around her. Because of the cursory nature of the sketch, it is difficult to determine whether this design is mythological in nature (reminiscent of Ligeia Siren ), or a domestic interior.

Sketch of a Nude Woman Bathing
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