A Sea-Spell Dante Gabriel Rossetti Buy Art Prints Now
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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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The a sea spell painting shows a siren in a human form playing a music instrument to lure sailors. This is following a myth about sailors getting lost in the sea. The legend goes that sirens lured them to their death. This painting shows the feelings of the siren and its connection with music.

The techniques used in the sea- spell painting is romanticism. The painting shows a siren playing a music instrument to lure sailors to the sea. This painting is claustrophobic as you can see the siren's body in a bent form like it is in a tight place. The painting of a sea-spell shows a beautiful siren playing a musical instrument. The siren is surrounded by flowers and a bird patched on top of her head. She appears in a human form, and you can see her connection with the music. Her connection with music is what makes her a great at luring sailors to the sea.

This painting was painted for Fredric Leyland, who was Rossetti's patron. Fredrick Leyland owned a large number of Rossetti's paintings. The painting is an illustration of one of his poems. Originally the painting was to illustrate a poem by Coleridge's poem Kubla khan. Dante Gabriel Rossetti paintings always show images of fatal women. Also, most of his paintings have images of sea birds and flowers. His paintings show a deep connection between women and their surroundings.

The sea-spell painting is found in the Harvard art museum in Cambridge, MA, US. If you would love to see this painting in person you can visit the museum on all open days. He formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. This relationship inspired most of his portraits. Also, he inspired several artists like William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. This can be seen in most of his paintings where he uses claustrophobic lush vegetation around the portraits. This style is used in the a sea- spell painting. The sea spell painting is an illustration of a poem. It shows a siren playing a music instrument to lure sailors to the sea.