In the twenty-first century, even those who do not know Lizzie Siddal's name will recognize her face: she is Millais's doomed Ophelia and Rossetti's beatified Beatrice in two of the nineteenth century's most famous paintings. As Lucinda Hawksley explores in Lizzie Siddal, Face of the Pre-Raphaelites, Siddal's fame was a remarkable phenomenon: in a time when she was the opp...more
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I abhor self-centered, egotistical men, manipulative, conniving women, and the hypocritical Victorian era.
This book combined a tale of some of the things I love and some of those I detest.
From the poorer socioeconomic scale, the former hat shop girl Lizzie Siddal was hauntingly beautiful. Hers was the face used by many of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. Waif like and mesmerizing, Lizzie captured the hearts of many, but l...more
Miniature of Elizabeth Siddall,attributed to Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Rossetti sitting to Lizzie Siddal, Sept. 1853
Self-Portrait by Lizzie Siddal
A Very interesting book about the Pre-Rapaelite Supermodel.
Lucinda Hawksley does a superb at collecting all the facts about Lizzie, and the Pre-Raphelite.
There is a great selection of poetry and images.
I did find the book tedious at some parts and had to put the book down an contiune later on.
That said, it is a very well put together biograp...more
I actually had no idea she was also a poet. I found...more
Once, we went to the most enchanted forest and camped there. One day when we were walking, we found a patch under a treee with a bed of all these beautiful wild flowers. My ex asked me to lay on it, in my old floral dress, and my long hair everywhere, and i pretended I was dead amongst the flowe...more
It's had the opposite effect of what I suspect was intended. I now hate the Rosettis. All of them. Their poetry, painting, and drawing (although I maintain that Dante was a better draftsman than painter by a long shot). Their histrionics left me tired and grim, and not missing some of the more intense a...more
What I felt this book would have really benefitted from, is the inclusion of more of Lizzie Siddal's artwork - that would have hugely enriched it.
A good and interesting read all the same.
The biography is incisive and interesting. Not hard to read at all... but Lizzi stays a mistery throughout the whole book. Even while trying to unravel her misterious life, we don't get the whole picture of this wonderful woman.