Ophelias Muse

Ophelias Muse Ophelia S Muse Depicts The Passionate But Doomed Romance Between The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood Painter Dante Rossetti And His Model, Muse, And Wife, Lizzie Siddal I Ll Never Want To Draw Anyone Else But You You Are My Muse Without You There Is No Art In Me With Her Pale, Luminous Skin And Cloud Of Copper Colored Hair, Nineteen Year Old Lizzie Siddal Looks Nothing Like The Rosy Cheeked Ideal Of Victorian Beauty Working In A London Milliner S Shop, Lizzie Stitches Elegant Bonnets Destined For Wealthier Young Women, Until A Chance Meeting Brings Her To The Attention Of Painter And Poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti Enchanted Both By Her Ethereal Appearance And Her Artistic Ambitions Quite Out Of Place For A Shop Girl Rossetti Draws Her Into His Glittering World Of Salons And Bohemian Soirees.Lizzie Begins To Sit For Some Of The Most Celebrated Members Of The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood, Posing For John Everett Millais As Shakespeare S Ophelia, For William Holman Hunt And Especially For Rossetti, Who Immortalizes Her In Countless Paintings As His Namesake S Beloved Beatrice The Passionate Visions Rossetti Creates On Canvas Are Echoed In Their Intense Affair But While Lizzie Strives To Establish Herself As A Painter And Poet In Her Own Right, Betrayal, Illness, And Addiction Leave Her Struggling To Save Her Marriage And Her Sense Of Self.Rita Cameron Weaves Historical Figures And Vivid Details Into A Complex, Unconventional Love Story, Giving Voice To One Of The Most Influential Yet Overlooked Figures Of A Fascinating Era A Woman Who Is Both Artist And Inspiration, Long Gazed Upon, But Until Now, Never Fully Seen. A hauntingly beautiful debutIn Ophelia s Muse, the light of inspiration falls on the coppery red crown of Elizabeth Lizzie Siddal and Victorian London s unconventional world of art, beauty and romance Although sometimes outside the lines of facts and record, this was a hauntingly beautiful novel that swept me back to a crucial time of the 19th century when restraints of culture were just beginning to loosen and discoveries in nature, advancements of industry, literature and art were all in A hauntingly beautiful debutIn Ophelia s Muse, the light of inspiration falls on the coppery red crown of Elizabeth Lizzie Siddal and Victorian London s unconventional world of art, beauty and romance Although sometimes outside the lines of facts and record, this was a hauntingly beautiful novel that swept me back t
Purists may have some issues with a few things in the book Rossetti never exhibited in the Royal Academy, yet he does in Ophelia s Muse and it s a pretty big plot point Also, he is only ever referred to as Dante when we know from contemporary sources that family and close friends consistently called him Gabriel So if dramatic license in Pre Raphaelite inspired fiction is a sore spot for you, this may be a hindrance to your enjoyment of the book.Pre Raphaelite fiction always holds the possibil Purists may
The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood began as a reaction to the Royal Academy of Art and the academy s acceptance of what they thought of as staid art, such as that of Joshua Reynolds or Turner Seeking the truth in painting, the small group sought lovely models who, to them represented purity The were rosy cheeked ladies with long flowing hair, and soft, lovely features that made them what the brotherhood coined as stunners Elizabeth Lizzie Siddal worked as a milliner at a hat shop Her famil The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood began as a reaction to the Royal Academy of Art and the academy s acceptance of what they thought of as staid art, such as that of Joshua Reynolds or Turner Seeking the truth in painting, the small group sought lovely models who, to them represented purity The were rosy cheeked ladies with long flowing hair, and soft, lovely features that made them what the brotherhood coined as stunners Elizabeth Lizzie Siddal worked as a milliner at a hat shop Her family was poor Her father sp
Elizabeth Siddel was born in 1829 to a family barely eking out a living in genteel poverty a family prosperous a few generations past but no longer She is brought up to read and value books and art, but is forced to spend her days working at a milliner s shop, making hats for fashionable ladies, and turning her wages over to her mother But one day an opportunity arises a young artist, Walter Deverell, comes into the shop with his mother, and is taken by Lizzie s beauty and her red hair He w Elizabeth Siddel was born in 1829 to a family barely eking out a living in genteel poverty a family prosperous a few generations past but no longer She is brought up to read and value books and art, but is forced to spend her days working at a milliner s shop, making hats for fashionable ladies, and turning her wages over to her mother But one day an opportunity arises a young artist, Walter Deverell, comes into the shop with his mother, and is taken by Lizzie s beauty and her red hair He wants her to pose for him In those days, artist s models were considered no better than prostitutes, frequently sleeping with the artist s they sat for But an arrangement is made a respectable female chaperon will be provided, Lizzie will make far better wages than she does sewing hats, and her job will be held open for her While sitting for Deverell, his friend and fellow member of the newly formed pre Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabr
4.5 starsbut I might up it to 5 starsI loved this book Cameron s writing was so beautiful and descriptive I ended up liking both of the main characters for who they were Neither was perfect, but they were written so well that they were like real people, with both good traits and some quite bad traits I was curious if Elizabeth Siddal was a real person and like a dork I googled her and then read her wikipedia page I recommend that you do NOT do that I ll just tell you that everyone in 4.5 starsbut I might up it to 5 starsI loved this book Cameron s
Ophelia s Muse by Rita Cameron was an enriching five star book about the artist Gabriel Rossetti his model Elizabeth Siddal.The fact that he postponed marrying her for so long was a reflection on the selfishness of his character He was too involved in establishing his art organization, the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood.I found it interesting to read a fictional account about the artist s works that have lasted since the mid 1800 s.I would like to thank Kensington Books NetGalley Ophelia s Muse by Rita Cameron was an enriching five star book about the artist Gabriel Rossetti his model Elizabeth Siddal.The fact that he postponed marrying her for so
While I do not often read biographies or other non fiction, I am frequently intrigued by historical fiction Knowing vague facts about Lizzie Siddal and the Pre Raphelite Brotherhood, I had to give this a shot It is definitelyfiction than historical, but still and all a good read Do not go into it thinking that it will be of the highest factual accuracy, or you will just skim over it with disapproval Take it for what it is an interesting interpretation of some very fascinating people.I While I do not often read biographies or other non fiction, I am freq
Enchanting Romantic Lovely Those words only begin to describe what a beautiful novel Ophelia s Muse was This told about Lizzie Siddal, a woman who posed for several renowned artists in the 1850s Lizzie not only appeared as the woman in the book s cover art, but also as the main figure in manyfamous works Although many authors have told the story of a naive woman becoming the muse and lover to an artist, this tale really stood out Lizzie s red hair caught the eye of a young painter, Enchanting Romantic Lovely Those words only begin to describe what a beautiful novel Ophelia s Muse was This told about Lizzie Siddal, a woman who posed for several renowned artists in the 1850s Lizzie not only appeared as the woman in the book s cover art, but also as the main figure in manyfamous works Although many authors have told the story of a naive woman becoming the muse and lover to an artist, this tale really stood out Lizzie s red hair caught the eye of a young painter, and his offer to pay her to be his model elevated her from her position as a seamstress in a shop Lizzie s desire to mingle with a higher level of society and find a husband who wouldn t look down on her family s misfortune and their simple lives prompted her to accept the offer I really began to like Lizzie once I realized that despite those dreams, she was not a social climber or a man hunter Instead, her love affair with the painter Rosetti led her down a path of promises,
Ophelia s Muse is the beautifully written story of shopgirl Lizzie Siddal and her passionate love affair with artist Dante Rossetti Lizzie comes from a well bred but impoverished family, forcing her to work as a shopgirl making and selling bonnets in a fashionable store in order to help make ends meet Lizzie is a reserved but beautiful young woman, and she is noticed by an artist, who falls for her unusual good looks and asks her to pose for him Lizzie is reluctant to do so at first, because Ophelia s Muse is the beautifully written story of shopgirl Lizzie Siddal and her passionate love affair with artist Dante Rossetti Lizzie comes from a well bred but impoverished family, forcing her to work as a shopgirl making and selling bonnets in a fashionable store in order to help make ends meet Lizzie is a reserved but beautiful young woman, and she is noticed by an artist, who falls for her unusual good looks and asks her to pose for him Lizzie is reluctant to do so at first, because it s not something that well bred young women do, but the money her offers and the assurances that she will not be compromised overcome her fears, and she poses for Walter Deverell Walter is a member of a group of artists all men of course that call themselves the pre Raphaelite Brotherhood PRB , hoping to steer the British art scene in a new direction Dante Rossetti is a member of the group as well Walter paints Lizzie as Viol
I have never been able to shake off the gruesome indian giver vibe I get when I hear the name Dante Gabriel Rossetti Sending someone off to the hereafter with poetry as a tribute loses it s luster when they are later exhumed All that aside, this story follows the life of Lizzie Siddal whose beauty was

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  • 416 pages
  • Ophelias Muse
  • Rita Cameron
  • 13 February 2017
  • 1617738565