Madonna Pietra

Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Physical Description

Medium: pastel
Dimensions: 35 3/4 x 25 1/2 in.

Production Description

Production Date: 1874


Current Location: Koriyama City Museum of Art
Archival History: Charles Howell; Charles Fry; Viscount Leverhulme; Leverhulme Estate Sale, March 4, 1926, Anderson Galleries, New York (no. 268); Parke Bernet, October 14, 1953 (no.79); Robert Elkon Galleries, New York, 1965

Scholarly Commentary


DGR thought to do this painting early in 1874, when he wrote to his brother about this pastel version he had finished. Surtees describes the picture, now in a private collection, as a “Half-length figure of a female nude turned slightly to the right. She holds a crystal globe in her right hand and her left hand is raised to her shoulder; her long auburn hair, worn in a thick fringe on the forehead, covers her left shoulder” (see Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, I. 135). A sketch, clothed and in three-quarter length, survives. DGR's notebook entry projecting the picture has the figure seated on a stone.

The pastel was originally owned by Charles Howell. It passed from Howell to Charles Fry, perhaps in 1876 (see DGR's letter to Fry, 21 April 1876, Fredeman , Correspondence76. 74).


  • DGR 1828–1882: An Exhibition, [Tokyo 1990] 44 (no. 47).
  • Marillier, DGR: An Illustrated Memorial , 188.
  • Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 135 (no. 237).
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