I have seen headlines for a lot of articles today about Elizabeth Siddall/Siddal, also known as Lizzie, Victorian artist and poet, who died much too young; I’m planning to Spotify said articles tomorrow, and will post the link here. Every one of these pieces is testament to Elizabeth not having been forgotten in the 186 years since she was born. She is one of my favourite artists, and it’s tragic that her adult life was so marked by illness and heartbreak, by addiction and depression, affecting her strength and ability to get the renown as an artist that her work deserved. You can read more about her life here. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti’
Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Victorian Studies, Writing, tagged Bodleian Library, Clerk Saunders, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddall, Lizzie Siddal, Pre-Raphaelites, The Lady of Shalott, Walter Scott on July 25, 2015| 4 Comments »
Posted in Blogging projects, Music and Audiobooks, tagged Christmas decorations, Christmas songs, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Greg Lake, Light, Pomegranates, Pre-Raphaelites, Proserpine on December 12, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Because I started putting up the Christmas decorations at the family seat today, my eyes and my imagination are full of the many-coloured fairy lights shining on gingerbread men and women, angels, simple round baubles in many jewel-like colours, stained-glass Santas, and bells. I took the photo above last year; it’s the Christmas tree in my last flat, and my favourite decoration of all that you see is the sparkling pomegranate, bought in homage to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s painting Proserpine. But as I’ve been pulling decorations, some older than me, from boxes, I’ve been thinking of one of the most striking lines that I have heard in any Christmas song.
Eyes full of tinsel and fire
It’s the excitement of Christmas, the beauty of the lights, and the lights’ transfiguration of simple baubles, tinsel, beads, fabric, and ribbon. It’s the smell of cinnamon and spices, in mulled wine and in cakes. It’s the mystery of creeping downstairs in the dark to see if Santa has been. It’s looking out of the window in the middle of the night to watch the snow falling. It’s such an evocative image of light that I had to include it in this series of blog posts. The line comes from Greg Lake’s song I believe in Father Christmas (1974), released in 1974. You can listen to the song by clicking on its title, and find out more about it here.
Posted in Academia and Research, Languages, Librarianship, Medieval studies, Travel, Victorian Studies, tagged Canada, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, François Villon, Pre-Raphaelites, Rare Books, Special Collections, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, Toronto University, Translation, Victorian Vendredis, William Morris on August 1, 2014| 4 Comments »
Posted in Arts and Culture, Blogging projects, History, Medieval studies, tagged Angels, Boppard Conservation Project, British Library Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, Burrell Collection, Chartres Cathedral, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Kathryn Ready, Medieval Mondays, Pre-Raphaelites, The Annunciation, Volunteering on April 28, 2014| 1 Comment »
Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Medieval studies, tagged Boccaccio, Book of Kells, Burrell Collection, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Garden of Eden, Guillaume de Lorris, Il Decamerone, Jean de Meun, Medieval gardens, Medieval Mondays, Pre-Raphaelites, Rare Books, Roman de la Rose, Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, Wagner Garden Carpet, wild men on June 25, 2013| Leave a Comment »
The garden in the Roman de la Rose of Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun is one of my favourite such spaces in all of medieval literature. The text to your left (in Old French, should you be that way inclined) gives a rich description of said garden, filled with apple trees, almond trees, fountains, flowers of all colours and perfumes. It’s a place where the normal rules don’t apply. Anything can happen in such a garden. (more…)
Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Travel, tagged Art Fund, Bessie Burden, Chelsea Fringe, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Gardens, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Getting lost, Hall Place & Gardens, Jane Morris, Lizzie Siddall, National Trust, Owls, Philip Webb, Pre-Raphaelites, Red House, Victorian Vendredis, William Morris on June 14, 2013| 7 Comments »
Posted in Academia and Research, Arts and Culture, Blogging projects, History, Librarianship, Music and Audiobooks, Victorian Studies, tagged #Reverb12, Autumn, Brainpickings.org, Christmas, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ellen Conroy, Gardens, Goethe, Greensleeves, Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship, Notre Dame, Owls, Pallas Athena, Pre-Raphaelites, Roget's Thesaurus, Tudors, Winter on December 19, 2012| 2 Comments »