2 Window Panels with Portraits of Dante Alighieri and Beatrice

Object Name: 
2 Window Panels with Portraits of Dante Alighieri and Beatrice

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Object Name: 
2 Window Panels with Portraits of Dante Alighieri and Beatrice
Accession Number: 
W (A&B): 31 cm; (A) H: 119 cm; (B) H: 119.5 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Thomas H. English
Web Description: 
William Willet studied with the well-known American painter William Merritt Chase and worked as a designer for John La Farge before establishing his own stained glass studio. Assisted by his wife, Anne Lee, Willet worked in a neo-Gothic style that incorporated Pre-Raphaelite motifs. These stylistic motifs were inspired by 19th-century paintings and stained glass by English artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. The two windows are inscribed with verses from La vita nuova (The new life), completed about 1293 by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321). La vita nuova chronicles Dante’s passionate relationship with the legendary Beatrice, to whom Dante dedicated most of his life. The verses, in English, were taken from a translation by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Willet made this pair of windows as part of a proposal for a large stained glass commission.
English, Thomas H., Source
Primary Description: 
2 Window Panels with Portraits of Dante Alighieri and Beatrice. (A) Depicts full length portrait of male (Dante); with painted number 36.3.2.L; (B) depicts full length portrait of female (Beatrice), with wooden frame; signed: "W. WILLETT A. L WILLET", painted number 36.3.3.L.
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
1999 Commemorative Stamp Yearbook: Nature of America (1999) illustrated, p. 43, left; BIB# 63171
Clearly Inspired: Contemporary Glass and Its Origins (1999) illustrated, p. 43; BIB# 61797
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 55, 95, pl. 87; BIB# 33046
Stained Glass Quarterly (1986-1987) p. 281;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 27 (1985) illustrated, p. 104, #26; BIB# AI15253