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.
Isn't that Rupert Everett in a dress?
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.
Don't you think that head ( imagine it minus the pre-Raphaelite wig) is the head of a man?
See differently, and explore the visual power of black and white at our upcoming exhibition, 'Monochrome: Painting in Black and White'. Travel from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and into th..