oil and pencil
30 x 25 cm
Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Proserpine, exhibited at the Tate Gallery, is Aphrodite. Rossetti used his muse Jane Morris, who more than through her looks, but also through the love triangle they had with her husband, perfectly incarnates the Goddess of love, seduction and lust. This sulfurous beauty with puckered lips and voluptuous hair is symbolic of the universal kind of beauty defined by attraction, Aphrodite's biggest power over mankind.