Alluring Alexa


Alexa Wilding was one of Rossetti's most frequent models from 1865 onwards. The two became loyal friends, but their relationship never developed the intensity of those Rossetti shared with other frequent models.

Study of Alexa Wilding
Study of Alexa Wilding

Veronica Veronese
Veronica Veronese

Alexa Wilding
Alexa Wilding

Venus Verticordia
Venus Verticordia
Venus,Changer of the Heart
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VENUS VERTICORDIA
Rossetti Archive

The Blessed Damozel
The Blessed Damozel
Jane Morris modeled for
the lovers in the background.

La Ghirlandata
La Ghirlandata
May Morris , Jane's daughter,modeled for the
two angelic girls in the background.

Art History at Loggia

Sibylla Palmifera
Sibylla Palmifera

The Wild Bunch
Art History at Loggia

Regina Cordium
Regina Cordium

Monna Vanna
Monna Vanna

Rossetti, Religion, and Women

A Sea Spell
A Sea Spell

A Sea-Spell
Poems for the People

Aspecta Medusa
Aspecta Medusa

Lady Lilith
Lady Lilith
Rossetti wrote a poem, which is inscribed on the frame,
to accompany this work:
Of Adam's first wife, Lilith, it is told
(The witch he loved before the gift of Eve),
That, ere the snake's, n'er sweet tongue could deceive,
And her enchanted hair was the first gold.
And still she sits, young while the earth is old,
And subtly of herself contemplative,
Draws men to watch the bright net she can weave.
Till heart and body and life are in its hold.
Mistress and Muse
Fanny Cornforth

The Bower Meadow
The Bower Meadow
Marie Spartali Spillman sits on the left,
May Morris dances in the background.


Cathy's art album
Artist, Muse and Stunner: Marie Spartali Stillman

La Bella Mano
La Bella Mano

Portrait of Alexa Wilding
The Victorian Web

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3/14/2005 9:18:05 AM chiaroscuro I saw that portrait of Alexa Wilding 'in person' - jeez it is incredibly beautiful. After that, Alexa became my favorite. C. (p.s. Your Art Fund Magazine isn't working).
3/14/2005 11:09:19 AM stargazer Thanks, c. I made an adjustment...should be working now.
3/14/2005 12:09:25 PM ShallottLady wow! I love all of his paintings and models but alexa is a fav, expecially because of Veronica Veronese and The Bower Meadow :))
3/14/2005 4:19:29 PM stargazer Yes..she's a stunner..:)
3/16/2005 5:56:46 PM Cathy I love your Stunner albums, stargazer ~ very beautiful and interesting. :)
3/17/2005 6:49:30 AM stargazer Thanks, Cathy. Interesting circle of characters. Thanks for visiting..~*~
10/13/2006 8:59:12 AM Lysia That's very interesting, I was always curious about Rossetti's muses and I think there is a question about who was the model for Lilith, some say Alexa, some Fanny Cornforth, Chiaroscuro said it was originally one than he substituted her face for the other. They are all lovely anyway!
10/13/2006 5:27:55 PM chiaroscuro Just alluring! :)
10/14/2006 1:53:26 PM stargazer You're right, Lysia. I'm glad you mentioned it. I'll add a link to my Fanny Cornforth album. Thanks, C...~*~
10/14/2006 3:00:34 PM L'Aurore I loved these albums..:)so we're learning all his models:)thanks:)
3/16/2009 5:12:52 PM jameswilding_jkxzt Alexa was my great grandmother, enjoyed this collection of paintings. We nearly called our boat Sea Spell, after one of my favourite paintings of her. After reading the poem, thought the better of it. So settled for Mind the Gap. www.aboardthegap.org