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Oil Painting - La Donna Della Finestra [The Lady of Pity]

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885P2465
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1881c - 1881c

Maker Information

Artist:Dante Gabriel Rossetti - View biography for Dante Gabriel Rossetti


This was one of the first major Pre-Raphalite pictures to enter the collection and was bought directly from the artist's studio sale in May 1883. It is an unfinished version of an earlier painting of 1879 which is at the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. There is also a pastel version of 1870 at Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester.

The picture illustrates a passage from the Dante's Vita Nuova in which a woman, otherwise known as the 'Lady of the Window', looks down from her window upon the grief-stricken Dante mourning the death of Beatrice. Here the lady is seen seated at an open window, leaning her arms upon the sill, and looking downwards. The head is a likeness of Jane Morris.

Purchased, 1883.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Oil on canvas (unfinished).

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Height:970 mm
Width:870 mm