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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)  The Blessed Damozel  Oil on canvas, 1875-1878  84 x 174 cm (33.07
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Title: The Blessed Damozel
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
The Blessed Damozel
Oil on canvas, 1875-1878
84 x 174 cm (33.07" x 5' 8½")
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts, United States

"The Blessed Damozel" is the most well known poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti which was first published in 1850 in The Germ. Rossetti subsequently revised the poem twice and republished it in 1856 and 1870.

Rossetti was partially inspired by Poe's "The Raven", with its depiction of a lover grieving on Earth over the death of his loved one. Rossetti chose to represent the situation in reverse. The poem describes the 'Damozel' observing her lover heaven, and her unfulfilled yearning for their reunion in heaven.

Rossetti painted a large oil on canvas illustrating the poem, and later repeated and varied the composition. In the paintings the lover on earth is portrayed in a predella below the main composition, separated by by the structure of the frame.

Claude Debussy composed a setting of Rossetti's poem in French translation: "La demoiselle élue" (1888), a cantata for two soloists, female choir, and orchestra.

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