Since I first sang the Christmas carol: In the Bleak Midwinter, I fell in love with the words of Christina Rossetti. Later, while studying art at grammar school, I fell in love with the paintings of her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I recently discovered a wonderful Rossetti Archive online, which is dedicated to his work. While browsing through the a book of Rossetti’s poems, I came across a poem by Dante entitled The Card Dealer. Dante’s poem was inspired by the painting shown below, a work by a 19th century British artist, Theodore Van Holst. The painting is entitled The Wish, but has also become known as The Card Dealer after the title of Dante’s poem.
As I am studying writing, art and the Tarot, I had to share these finds here. You will be hearing more from me on the Rossetti siblings…
Copyright: Browne, Theodor Von Holst, 102
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. Poems: A New Edition. London: Strangeways, 1881