Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman

November 7, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Marie Spartali Stillman (1844–1927) was one of a small number of professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century. She was an important presence in the Victorian art world of her time and closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Poetry in Beauty, the first retrospective of Spartali Stillman’s work, showcased approximately 50 works by the artist. Spartali Stillman’s style reflects her British Pre-Raphaelite training as well as the influence of Renaissance art, derived from the many years she lived and worked in Italy. Works from public and private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, many of which have not been exhibited since Spartali Stillman’s lifetime were featured.

Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman was co-curated by Margaretta Frederick, Chief Curator and Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Delaware Art Museum’s Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, and Pre-Raphaelite scholar Jan Marsh. The Delaware Art Museum was the only United States venue for this landmark exhibition. It  traveled, in reduced format, to the Watts Gallery, Compton, Guildford, England, March 1 – June 5, 2016.

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Poetry in Beauty catalogue available

Poetry in Beauty
A richly illustrated catalogue accompanied the exhibition featuring essays by Delaware Art Museum Curator Margaretta Frederick and noted Pre-Raphaelite scholar Jan Marsh. Individual entries for each work in the exhibition were also included. The hardcover book is 160 pages and will be distributed by ACC Distribution in New York. Available October 2015.

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This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum.


Poetry in Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelite Art of Marie Spartali Stillman is made possible by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund and the Friends of Rockwood. Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts..