Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)
Rossetti was an English painter and poet who helped found the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of painters treating religious, moral, and medieval subjects in a nonacademic manner. After a general education in the junior department of King's College, Rossetti hesitated between poetry and painting as a vocation. When he was about 14 he went to "Sass's�, an old-fashioned drawing school in Bloomsbury, and then in 1845, to the Royal Academy schools, where he became a full student.
By the time Rossetti was 20, he had already done a number of translations of Italian poets and had composed some original verse, but he was also much in and out of artists' studios and for a short time was, in an informal way, a pupil of the painter Ford Madox Brown. He acquired some of Brown's admiration for the German "Pre-Raphaelites," the nickname of the austere Nazarenes.
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