Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet, illustrator and painter who died in 1882. I don't know a tremendous amount about his work, but I do know one strange story that I thought I would pass on.
Rossetti married one of his models, Elizabeth Siddal. After a stillbirth, Siddal died of an apparent overdose of opium (laudanum) in 1862. Rosetti was so distraught by his wife's death that he put the only copy of a journal containing all of his unpublished poems in her coffin. Wait, there's more. In 1869, seven years after her death, he became obsessed with retrieving his old poems. You might guess where this is going. He had his wife's body exhumed in order to get his journal back. Wow!
Elizabeth Siddal was the model used for this painting, which was finally completed about a year after her death.
|Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti|
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