The painting on display at the Manchester Art gallery belonging to Rossetti was ‘The Bower Meadow’. Along with their passion for symbology part of the reason i love these paintings is the feeling of symmetry. With my own work i have always fought with the idea of symmetry and how a piece of work balances. The bower meadow shows this off to great effect in its composition.
Rossetti’s painting ‘Venus Verticordia’ to me is just a very beautiful painting but it has been interesting to discover just some of the symbology used in it. As its title suggests this picture is about love and was linked to a sonnet by Rossetti. Venus is the ancient goddess of love who is surrounded by red roses also representing love. The apple and the arrow represent the sin of love with the arrow also pointing to her heart. The paleness of her skin is to represent purity and the butterflies portraying freedom. This by no means captures all the elements of this work but for me it helps me to see these pictures in a new light.
These images have influenced me in the past as you can see from one of my earlier sketches. At the time i was as much interested in the mark-making process and the figures just seemed to appear. It shows how things can influence you sometimes without you realising it.