Although Dante Gabriel Rossetti vacillated between poetry and painting as his chief interest in life, he often succeeded in each of the arts; and despite his disclaimers, the one art often influenced the perception of the other. Even though the poems do not necessarily «see» like pictures nor the paintings «read» like poems, a careful study of Rossetti's work in both media reveals subtle narrative qualities to the lines of drawings and paintings, and painter-perception of images that appear in the poems. The interrelationship was not conscious or deliberate on Rossetti's part, but the lack of perspective in many paintings implies a poetic narrative, and the condensed style of the poems gives the «instantaneous» effect of a picture.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. X, 363 pp.
Contents: Dante Rossetti's association with the Pre-Raphaelites and his interest in Dante, Blake and Keats; Rossetti's non-Academic
style of painting, sometimes Medieval; his poems for pictures and pictures for poems; his models; and his evocation of trance.