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Symbolism and sources in the painting and poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Drew, Rodger (1996) Symbolism and sources in the painting and poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The Thesis examines the symbolism, and the sources of that symbolism, in the poetry and painting of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Chapter 1 considers the significance of the title of Rossetti's sonnet-sequence The House of Life. Chapter 2 looks at the opening sonnets of that sequence. Chapter 3 scrutinises the sonnet quartet of the Willow-wood sequence. Chapter 4 evaluates the influence of Platonism and Neoplatonism in Rossetti's art. Chapter 5 is concerned with Rossetti's use of allegory. Chapter 6 surveys the influence of Rosicrucianism on Rossetti and his immediate circle of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and on the Aesthetic School that succeeded it. This chapter closely examines the symbolic motifs of Rosicrucianism, and how these may be traced in the paintings of these artists. Chapter 7 explores the Rosicrucian influence in Rossetti's poetry. Chapter 8 further traces these influences in Rossetti's painting. Chapter 9 investigates the Goddess figure within Rossetti's later paintings.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts
Supervisor's Name: Supervisor, not known
Date of Award: 1996
Depositing User: Angi Shields
Unique ID: glathesis:1996-3426
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2012
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2014 14:20
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/3426

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