The deteriorated lining canvas, once added to reinforce the painting, was removed and replaced, ensuring that the 147-year-old painting will be stable as it approaches its second century. The artist’s brother, William Michael Rossetti, mentions that the flowers in the painting may have been a mistake: The flowers which are prominent in the picture were intended by my brother for the poisonous monkshood: I believe he made a mistake, and depicted larkspur instead. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. [Victorian Web Home —> The first two were kindly provided by the Gallery itself, the last shows the cover of the book accompanying the present ground-floor exhibition, and the rest come, with permission, from the Gallery's own section of the BBC's "Your Paintings" website. Frank Holl's depiction of a grieving family is one of the former, showing the eldest son, already in holy orders, assuming his dead father's place at the head of the table, standing rather stiffly with his eyes raised, while apparently leading his mother, brother and sisters in the short prayer of the title. Along with her team, Julia Dudkiewicz, as Principal Curator at the time of the rehang, has done a wonderful job of bringing the Victorians back to life for us. Perhaps I am the green girl, inspired by the depth of that particular hue. Click here to register for news email alerts. The angel heads at the top were painted from Jane’s ten-year-old daughter May, who was said to dislike Alexa intensely. It is a good example of the typically red-haired, full-lipped and long-necked women whom the artist was portraying at this time. I was given a little pendant with La Ghirlandata’s face for my birthday a couple pf weeks ago. We are delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. (c) Sir John Gilbert's A Girl with Fruit, 1882. Your post is a happy coincidence. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with not-for-profits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organisations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. In many ways a Victorian project, it is one that speaks of civic pride, and celebrates the life, tastes, and artistic vision of a populace that by then was already thoroughly cosmopolitan. Thanks for asking! Here is Holman Hunt showing Madeleine and Porphyro eloping in Keats's poem "The Eve of St Agnes." It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. I never heard him explain the underlying significance of this picture: I suppose he purposed to indicate, more or less, youth, beauty, and the faculty for art worthy of a celestial audience, all shadowed by mortal doom. The model who sat for the painting was Alexa Wilding. As befits its role as the City's artworks' showcase, the Guildhall Art Gallery is one of London's most enjoyable galleries, with perhaps London's finest collection of Victorian work. The honeysuckle and roses around the top of the harp in this picture indicate sexual attraction, while the harp itself represents music – a common metaphor for love and lovemaking. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk. Your email address will not be published. In a later version, painted during his relationship with Jane Morris, he appears to have combined Lizzie’s features with Jane’s and added his distinctive Rossetti lips: What was behind Rossetti’s depiction of lips? The angels were modeled by May, the ten-year-old daughter of Jane and William Morris. On the ground floor there are also rooms for temporary exhibitions — currently, one celebrating the 120th anniversary of the opening of Tower Bridge. The Bank supports more than 2,000 not-for-profit cultural institutions each year. However the model for the picture was not Jane Morris but a model, Alexa Wilding, ‘a really good-natured creature’, who arrived at Kelmscott in June 1873. Right: William Holman Hunt's Eve of Saint Agnes (The Flight of Madeleine and Porphyro during the Drunkenness attending the Revelry), 1848. Journalists and photographers who wish to attend the unveiling of La Ghirlandata at Guildhall Art Gallery, EC2, from 1pm to 1.30pm on Thursday 30 January 2020 are asked to contact Andrew Buckingham (see below). For others, however, they must have been more limited. There is no finer example than Bocca Baciata: Bocca Baciata celebrates the sensual woman. “A key pillar of our global Arts Programme is to work in partnership with public institutions to ensure important works are restored and preserved. Arthurian legends, or at least legends of knights and ladies, were favoured by the Pre-Raphaelites.