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The Loving Cup

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
1828 - 1882
The Loving Cup
Oil on panel 66 x 45.7 cm
Signed (in monogram) and dated lower left: DGR 1867; Titled on top of frame: THE LOVING CUP; Inscribed on bottom of frame: Douce nuit et joyeux jour / A chevalier de bel amour

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Rossetti drew his subject matter from the Bible, Greek mythology, Dante and Shakespeare in his creation of works filled with Romantic poetic sensibility that features images of the "femme fatale." A beautiful young woman raises a golden cup to her lips as she holds the cup's lid to her breast with her left hand and faces the viewer with a dream-like expression. This cup which gives the work its name of "The Loving Cup" is a cup from which close friends and especially lovers both drink. This work ably represents his superb works in the Pre-Raphaelite style.

(Source: The Digital Gallery. 1999-2006)

photo:Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Loving Cup