The Blessed Damozel (1875-78) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The Blessed Damozel - Rossetti, Dante Gabriel - 1875-78 - 2

Artwork Information

TitleThe Blessed Damozel
ArtistDante Gabriel Rossetti
Date1875 - 1878
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions84 x 174 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationFogg Museum (Harvard Art Museums), Cambridge, MA, US
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About The Blessed Damozel

The Blessed Damozel is a renowned ballad by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, dedicated to the love between a woman trapped in heaven and a man stuck on Earth. The poem operates at three levels, from the perspective of the damozel in heaven, the lover on Earth, and the lover in a dream-vision.”The Blessed Damozel” is also showcased as an artwork created by Rossetti himself which depicts its subject. There are four versions of the poem and it was illustrated by Rossetti only after he had written the last version.

Rossetti’s painting “The Blessed Damozel” portrays her appearance holding lilies and stars in her hair. This painting was created a quarter of a century after writing his poem. The key themes covered include love, religion, nature, melancholy – all used to evoke emotions within readers.Lovers that hear voices whispering around them can relate to this piece as they understand what it means to long for someone separated by distance.

Art enthusiasts would recognize how Rossetti captured elements from Pre-Raphaelite art style with attention to detail not just on clothing but also expressions of emotions displayed on characters’ faces. The way he depicts objects like flowers inside laces or furniture-like dressing tables are remarkable too. Both lovers trapped between two worlds will stop at nothing short of paradise until their true desires are met- perhaps this is why this piece continues to resonate with millions even today.

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