ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel
(b. 1828, London, d. 1882, Birchington on Sea)
Fra Angelico Paintingc. 1853
Pen and brown ink and ink wash, 178 x 114 mm
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
Members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, rejecting the constraints of convention, turned to nature and studied 'the primitives' including Fra Angelico, whom they admired for the grace and sweetness of his work. In 1853, Rossetti portrayed the friar painting the Virgin and Child, a theme inspired by Vasari.