A cofounder and central figure in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti valued expression and honesty over the formulaic, idealized classicism favored by the art mainstream of the mid-nineteenth century. During brief early study at the Royal Academy of Art, he had observed the hidebound state of British art. Rossetti and his fellows determined to refute the stagnation that had increased since the time of Raphael. Contains five each of the following notecards: La Pia de’ Tolomei, 1868–1880, Bocca Baciata (Lips That Have Been Kissed), 1859
The Beloved (“The Bride”), 1865–1866, Monna Vanna, 1866. Twenty assorted 5 x 7 in. blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with envelopes in a decorative box. Measures 5 x 7 in.