The Cult of Beauty at the V & A
|The Blue Silk Dress by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1868)|
This emerging interest in the Pre-Raphaelites is very good news for our musical POSSESSED, which tells the story of the love triangle between Jane and William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti during the Aesthetic period.
Stephen Calloway who is the co-curator of the exhibition says that "In times of austerity fantasy always seems to be the thing, but I think it's particularly interesting at the moment because people, I suspect, are becoming rather tired of ugliness and things which are not well made and art that isn't well drawn". I think he must be remembering William Morris's words "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful".
|Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Joseph Millson) and Jane Morris (Anna Francolini) at Kelmscott Manor, in a scene from POSSESSED (Oxford Playhouse)|