Dante Gabriel Rossetti, born in 1828 and died in 1882, was an Italian-English
illustrator and painter. Here he has captured the mysterious beauty,
Monna Vanna, also known as Mona Lisa. The hair is wild and free, a
demonstration of the expectations of the artist. Gone are the
constraints and rigid hairstyle conventions. Here was the "new woman,"
the lady who was educated, significant, and romantic. Rossetti
preferred symbolic and mythological images rather than portraits of real
people, but because of criticism of his paintings, he eventually
withdrew from public exhibitions and concentrated on watercolors, which
he was able to sell privately.
"Monna Vanna" inspired artistic works by Maurice Maeterlinck and Sergei Rachmaninov. 15hqqy.
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