La Donna Della Fiamma

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1870
Model: Jane Burden Morris


◦ Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial, 156-157.

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 122 (no. 216).

The Pre–Raphaelites, Tate 1984 , 306-307.

Scholarly Commentary


The picture is an obliquely Dantean work since the lady of the flame would be a Beatricean figure (see DGR's translation “Ladies that have Intelligence in Love” (lines 51-52)). The picture is also Dantean in its virtually allegorical treatment of the flame, which is represented as a filmy winged being.


The composition has much in common with the chalk drawing Silence which was executed about the same time.

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