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Six Rossetti Exhibition Posters, Glamour Life

by Sophie-David Posted 14th Aug 2007 at 3:46 PM - Updated 21st Aug 2012 at 7:27 PM by Sophie-David : Repaired the broken image links
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Six Rossetti Exhibition Posters, Glamour Life


This is a reprise of my favourite Dante Gabriel Rossetti artwork from the previously uploaded Badger, Lady on Red and Square collections. My idea was to recreate these select works in an oversize format such as galleries might use to promote a particular exhibition, complete with large vertical labels. These Glamour Life SimNoir framed posters cost §3000 and have an Environment value of 10.

"Beata Beatrix" (1870), commemorates the death of Dante Alighieri's muse Beatrice Portinari. Of course, it is unlikely the Beatrice actually died in this way, but the symbolic power of this painting lies in the truth that death is not a moment of loss, but of transformation. Both for its spiritual content and its radiant visual beauty, this is my favourite work in the Rossetti catalogue. The smaller format picture that accompanies the poster is the same work as a Lady on Red recolour. Please note that the text in all of these posters is crystal clear in-game although it does not appear that way in some of these screen captures.

This painting of "The Beloved" (1866), also called "The Bride", depicts the central character in The Song of Songs unveiling for her lover. The small picture is in Pets Badger format. Rossetti included two quotations from this sacred erotic text, inscribed on the picture frame:
My beloved is mine and I am his.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth:
For thy love is better than wine.

She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of
needlework: the virgins that be her fellows shall
bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.

"Sancta Lilias" (1874), also shown in Arghist Soldier (square) format, was one of the images Rossetti designed to expand on his poem, "The Blessed Damozel", which starts:
The blessed damozel leaned out
From the gold bar of Heaven;
Her eyes were deeper than the depth
Of waters stilled at even;
She had three lilies in her hand,
And the stars in her hair were seven.

"Lady Lilith" (1866) or "Body's Beauty" (also appearing in Badger size) represents a radical re-imagining of the mythic first wife of Adam. No longer a demoness, Rossetti presented conservative Victorians with a Lilith who is sensual, independent, introspective and liberated (corsetless), but yet dignified with the title of "Lady".

The "Self Portrait" (1847) is, I believe, a fitting image for my imagined Sims 2 Rossetti exhibition. This image was previously posted in the Badger collection, as shown.

Lastly, in "A Sea Spell" (1877), also shown in Badger format, a sea siren plays her lute. Some critics have associated the entranced sea bird perched above her with the artist himself.

These images are all in the public domain, and sourced from either The Athenaeum, the Art Renewal Center or the Walker Art Gallery. Each was reduced in size from the originals without dimensional distortion, with matting used to fill out the aspect ratio where necessary. I used SimPE to set reflectivity to zero so as to maximize clarity - and it makes a big difference when one is trying to render text! You may include these recolours in any uploaded lots, whether for free or pay - but it would be nice if you included a credit in the description and sent me a PM. Apart from using them in lots, I would prefer that you not upload this collection or portions of it elsewhere, if only because such duplication can cause confusion.

Additional Credits:

SimPE 6.0, the essential tool!
Microsoft Photo Editor, for adjusting contrast, brightness and size
Attribute Change 5.30 is very useful for adjusting a file's date and timestamp, used to put the recolours together in consecutive order, with the most recent recolour being the one furthest to the left. Thus the paintings are arranged in alphabetical order within the catalogue popup display from right to left.
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Style: Antique
Room: Living Dining Bedroom Study

Tags: #Dante Gabriel Rossetti, #Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, #English Victorian paintings, #exhibition