See William Holman Hunt's 'Il Dolce Far Niente' in our exhibition, 'Reflections: Van Eyck & the Pre-Raphaelites'. Members go free. Pre-book tickets online and save:
The painting's Italian title means ‘It is sweet to do nothing’, and it is simply a celebration of female beauty. The woman’s tumbling locks and the richly textured dress breathe sensuality, but she is wearing an engagement ring, which implies respectability.
in response to the misogynistic commenters of both genders, The Pre-Raphaelites preferred their models to have strong features. This is probably Jane Morris, Wife to William Morris.
It is common knowledge that on that picture Holman Hunt replaced his wife to be Annie Miller, with his wife Fanny Waugh. That is why a lady there looks a little bit as a heroine from the Phillip Dick stories.
It is much more interesting that a fireplace in the convex mirror shows dying flames. Is it a sign that his feeling to Fanny were under certain stress?
They liked this type of model. I was thinking more that she doesn’t look relaxed. She’s not ‘doing nothing’ she’s balancing on a hard chair at a weird angle, looking very alert!
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