Beatrice, a Portrait of Jane Morris
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
Signed with monogram and dated 1879 at the upper left
Oil on canvas
13 1/2 x 11 inches.
Inscribed in Rossetti's handwriting on a label on the back of the frame: "Tanto gentile e tanto onesta pare." Dante Vita Nuova
This is a portrait of Jane Morris in the guise of Dante's Beatrice. It is a variation of the half-length seated portrait of her in the role of Mariana which he painted in 1870, and which is now in Aberdeen Art Gallery. — Christopher Newall