Rossetti (1828-1882) was best known as the founder of the Pre-Raphaelite
Brotherhood, which was an elite group of painters, poets and
critics that wanted to change the general views on art and how
art was taught. They wanted a return to abundant detail, intense
colors and complex compositions as seen in early Italian fine
of beautiful and sensual women became the hallmark of his great
body of work. I love most of his paintings, but the one that
inspired Rossetti's Vita Nuovo was a painting that has had many
names to include, Venus Veneta, Belcolore, Vita Nuova and Monna
Vanna. Today, the painting is known as Monna Vanna (vain woman)
(c. 1866). In this painting there are so many details, which
I love! Let alone the sumptuous gold and white gown with green
rosettes on the shoulder and the feather fan, this painting has
a lot of jewelry! In this case the model is Alexa Wilding and
she is wearing a beautiful pair of spiral ornaments in her hair,
a long red coral necklace along with a crystal and gold choker,
gold floral earrings, two rings and an awesome torque (ancient
Greek or Roman bracelet).
my eyes locked in on the torque, I was off and running. The torque
would have been ancient Greek (Hellenistic) or Roman. Most of
these designs had lion or ram heads, facing one another as terminals,
and were usually hinged in some way on the underside of the bracelet.
Made of gold, many had gem set eyes and either a twisted gold
or carved crystal bracelet.
Nuova begins with two shaped peyote stitch "heads"
that have large Swarovski pearls tucked into the finial shaped
terminals. Embellished with half-moon shaped caps using seed
beads and cup-chain, a pave´ (flush set) fine metal set
CZ, cup-chain and seed bead flourishes complete the look. The
bracelet band is a filled netting technique using seed beads
and fire polish beads ending with a beautiful Swarovski crystal
and metal magnetic clasp. A beaded jump-ring security chain finishes
the design. Elegant, easy to wear, and a fashion statement, that
blends the old with the new.
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Workshop length: This workshop will be
a 1-day workshop and exclusive to Beading in the Ozarks.