Rather than focus explicitly on the art, Desperate Romantics instead follows the lives and love affairs of artists William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
and John Everett Millais, as well as their friends, foes and families.
On the bass, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
(played by Aidan Turner) - talented but undisciplined, unable to finish a work without getting distracted by wine and women.
Heading the cast is Aidan Turner, who plays leading PreRaphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti
. He was not only a gifted artist, he also slept around despite being engaged to his favourite model, Lizzie Siddall, for 10 years before marrying her.
Masterpiece Watercolours and Drawings - a touring exhibition from National Museums Liverpool - features works by JMW Turner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
, David Cox, Edward Lear, Peter de Wint and Edward Burne-Jones.
The abbey was adorned with paintings from forthcoming sales including works by LS Lowry, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
and a Charles Rennie Macintosh image of purple mallow flowers from Holy Island.
In recent years the revival of interest in women's poetry has meant that Dante Gabriel Rossetti
has been overshadowed by his younger sister Christina.
The great Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti
, meanwhile, preferred his women to be beautiful, voluptuous and painted in oils.
The influence of the stilnovisti was felt for centuries; their impact can be seen on the poetry of Petrarch and Lorenzo de' Medici (who consciously imitated them), as well as that of Michelangelo, Pietro Bembo, Torquato Tasso, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
, and Ezra Pound.
The feminist art historian Griselda Pollock, for example, writing about Dante Gabriel Rossetti
, the English exemplar of the Victorian artist as bohemian, in her book Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and Histories of Art, effectively deconstructs the masculinist equation of male creativity with male sexual potency by debunking the critical tradition that sees Rossetti's artistic power as signified by his love of female beauty.
Up to that point he has teased readers with hints about the various members of the household at 16 Cheyne Walk--the actual address in Chelsea of Tudor House, where Dante Gabriel Rossetti
and others associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the arts lived between 1862 and 1871 (see cover photo).
As William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
, and James Collinson began to make their names exhibiting paintings, and Thomas Woolner embarked on a career as a sculptor, it fell to the two remaining P.R.B.s, Frederic George Stephens and William Michael Rossetti, to articulate in print the principles on which their new artistic movement was founded.
They include Dante Gabriel Rossetti
's A Christmas Carol (estimate: PS4m-PS6m), William Holman Hunt's Tuscan Girl Plaiting Straw (estimate: PS3m-PS5m) and James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot's A Visit to the Yacht (estimate PS2m- PS3m).