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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti is amongst the most famous members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and his paintings are frequently purchased by art fans as reproduction prints.

The classical style of this group of artists, married with beautiful, stylish young models has made the likes of Rossetti household names within the art public. He had a number of favoured models who appear time and time again right across his career, and indeed some of them were also well acquainted with other members of the Brotherhood. One can see artist's building strong connections with some of these models over time and they would have been in each other's company for long periods, with multiple sittings for each painting. When you also add some of the study drawings that would have been completed too for some of the larger projects, then a close bond would inevitably grow after time.

The Pre-Raphaelites starred many years ago and this ensures that the copyright to their pieces has expired. Therefore, one can produce reproductions of their work without having to pay any additional costs, meaning retailers can offer a full selection from their careers and also provide competitive prices for the likes of Rossetti. Most art fans will not delve too deeply into this collection, though, and choose from some of his most famous paintings, such as Proserpine, The Beloved and Monna Vanna.

British art in general left a greater impact since the likes of landscape artists such as Turner and Constable arrived on the scene and the Pre-Raphaelites were an exciting blend of influences which produced a very British style of work. They remain popular today within the western world, even though their contributions are not considered as significant as compared to the French Impressionists or Romanticists, for example. Their work is perhaps more accessible to the public, more immediate, and this proves to be a factor in their success in the present day. The UK also has a number of high profile galleries and museums that will always help to promote this domestic group to the wider world.

One would normally be wise to get a reasonably large print reproduction of the work of Rossetti because of the stunning detail that he put into most of his works. A smaller piece may not be able to reproduce this in a way that can be seen once the piece is hung. A frame would be well suited to this style of art, though need not be too fancy, just a simple wooden frame would suffice. These provide a more professional finish whilst also protecting the piece over the long term. A large number of different options are available for customising your print when choosing one of the major art retailers, and everything can be done online for those who are sufficiently confident in doing so.

Proserpine remains one of the most reproduced paintings from the entire Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, quite an achievement considering the breadth and quality of work from Rossetti's colleagues, such as Millais, Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt and others who were on the fringes such as John William Waterhouse. Other popular choices include Millais' Ophelia, Waterhouse's Lady of Shalott and also a number of William Morris tapestry designs. Rossetti sits proudly amongst this fine collection of highly skilled artists who retained a deep integrity with their work throughout their lives. They also held impressively varied skills, taking in mediums as diverse as painting, drawing, embroidery, stained glass windows and even architecture.