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The Salutation of Beatrice, 1859-1863

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
British, 1828 - 1882
oil and gold leaf on conifer wood, mounted in a frame designed and painted by the artist
101 x 202 x 10.9 cm with artist frame; panels: 74.9 x 80 cm each
Purchased 1957
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6750.1-3)

The panels depict scenes from the "Vita nuova" and the "Divine Comedy" by the 13th-century Italian poet, Dante Alighieri: the meeting of Dante and Beatrice in Florence and their meeting after death, in Paradise. The work was conceived as a wedding present for William Morris, whose wife Jane was the model for Beatrice on Earth. Rossetti also designed the frame, incorporating quotations from the poems. Between the two subjects, the death of Beatrice is symbolized by a shadow on the sundial.

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