Marie Spartali Stillman: The Last Sight of Fiammetta

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Marie Spartali Stillman (British, 1844-1927), The last sight of Fiammetta, ‘Above her garland and her golden hair I saw a flame about Fiammetta’s head’ (Boccaccio), signed with monogram (lower right), inscribed on an exhibition label (attached to the reverse), watercolour, bodycolour and gum arabic, 82 x 62cm (32 5/16 x 24 7/16in), Image Source: Bonhams

The present work is the first of Stillman’s based on Rossetti’s translations from Boccaccio, where a sonnet entitled ‘The Last Sight of Fiammetta’ describes what seems to be the death of the beloved:

Round her red garland and her golden hair
I saw a fire about Fiammetta’s head;
Thence to a little cloud I watch’d it fade,
Than silver or than gold more brightly fair;
And like a pearl that a gold ring doth bear,
Even so an angel sat therein, who sped
Alone and glorious throughout heaven, array’d
In sapphires and in gold that…

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