Eye Candy for Today: Dante Gabriel Rossetti pencil portrait

Portrait of Mrs. William Morris, née Jane Burden, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, graphite on paper
Portrait of Mrs. William Morris, née Jane Burden, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, graphite on paper (details)

Portrait of Mrs. William Morris, née Jane Burden, Dante Gabriel Rossetti; graphite on paper, roughly 13 x 11 inches (33 x 29 cm), in the colleciton of the Morgan Library and Museum, which has both a zoomable and downloadable image on their site.

Though nominally the leader of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti has always been my least favorite painter of the core group.

However, I love this drawing. I love the simplicity, the graphic appeal, the almost Asian feel of the composition and the intensity of the sitter’s gaze.