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La Pia de' Tolomei
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti
    born: London, England, United Kingdom ; died: Kent, England, United Kingdom ; active: England, United Kingdom
  • La Pia de' Tolomei, 1868–1880
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: 104.8 x 120.6 cm
    Canvas/Support: 41 1/4 x 47 1/2 in
    Frame Dimensions: 57 x 62 1/2 x 3 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, S6
  • 1956.0031
Label Text

Full-length woman (identified as La Pia or “Pious One” modeled by Jane Burden Morris) seated with her hands crossed at her knees. She is wearing a blue and gold dress with a peach frock and blue and peach skirt. She has auburn curly hair to her shoulders, blue eyes, and looks out. There is a ledge in the foreground with a sundial, sheets of correspondence (identified as letters from her husband), a book (identified a prayer book), a rosary, and drapery. Greenery (ivy and fig leaves) behind the figure. Spears/lances and a banner below a window to the left with black birds (ravens), buildings with a bell, and a patch of sky. Rossetti designed the original gilded frame with wooden medallions in a medieval style.