A Woman to Know: Jane Morris Burden
|Julia Carpenter||Jun 6, 2017|
Beauty like hers is genius. — Dante Gabriel Rosetti
(image via The National Portrait Gallery)
She lives on as Isolde in her tower, as Ophelia in the bath, as the goddess Astarte swathed in robes. Jane dedicated her life to studying the arts and crafts movement -- her embroidery was beloved by contemporary textile artists for her pioneering technique and meticulous weaves -- but today she's remembered in paintings as the sitter for her lovers, William Morris and Dante Rosetti.
Jane's delicate cupid's bow and curly mane of dark hair besotted 19th century gallery audiences. She joined an exclusive club of pre-Raphaelite artists and their muses. With each new painting depicting her as an ancient priestess or tragic heroine, Jane made more and more progress on her embroidery work. Some paintings even show her stitching as she sits for a portrait, as Rosetti carefully details her hair or her costume.
Add to your library list:
Jane Morris: The Burden of History (Wendy Parkins)
Jane Morris: The Pre-Raphaelite Model of Beauty (Debra N. Mancoff)
The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood (Jan Marsh)
Beauty Marks: On Pre-Raphaelite Muse Jane Morris (The Paris Review)
The Pre-Raphaelites and their muses (The Guardian)
Models for their Sex (The New York Times)
Flaming libertines: Dante Rosetti and his muses (The Telegraph)
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