Once upon a time there was an amazing man called Philip Burne Jones who had a vision of a vampiress during her nightly visit 😉
Born in 1861, our 2nd Baronet quit the Oxford university and became a painter like his father.
He painted portraits of many well-known persons of the time.
His most famous painting is titled ”The Vampire” and is believed to have been modeled by his lover at the time, actress Mrs Patrick Campbell – it was finished in 1897.
It depicts a seductive vampire leaning over a sleeping man in the moments before she is about to feed.
The painting was used as inspiration by his cousin – the famous Rudyard Kipling and we were thus graced with the poem ”The Vampire” that you can read HERE
Also Robert G. Vignola’s black and white silent-movie ”The Vampire” from 1913 features a scene called “The Vampire Dance” – directly influenced by the painting. It is generally considered the first recognized film depicting the vamp character, also known as femme fatale.
Alice Eis and Bert French performing the “Vampire Dance” ๑۞๑ Related:๑۞๑
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Dante and Virgil is an 1850 oil on canvas painting by the French academic painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau. The painting depicts a scene from Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’, which narrates a journey through Hell by the main character – Dante – and his guide, Virgil.
This painting was inspired by a short scene from the Inferno, set in the eighth circle of Hell (the circle for falsifiers and counterfeiters), where Dante, accompanied by Virgil, watches a fight between two damned souls: Capocchio, a heretic and alchemist is attacked and bitten on the neck by Gianni Schicchi who had usurped the identity of a dead man in order to fraudulently claim his inheritance.
After failing to secure the first prize in the challenge its creator had set his eyes on It depicts themes that Bouguereau would never revisit again after failing to secure the first prize in the challenge he had set his eyes on.
Faust and Lilith is an oil painting by Richard Westall, famous for several portraits of Byron – one hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
He was commissioned by several members of the nobility to adorn their Houses. Westall was a prolific book illustrator of both fiction and poetry, including the works of Sir Walter Scott, Oliver Goldsmith, William Cowper and Thomas Gray.
Quick note: Richard Westall is renowned as being Queen Victoria’s drawing master 😉 ๑۞๑ Related:๑۞๑ † Vampiric Art
Lady Lilith is an oil painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti originally painted in 1866 using his mistress, Fanny Cornforth, as a model. At the insistence of shipping magnate Frederick Richards Leyland, Lady Lilith was partly repainted in 1868 using the face of Alexa Wilding.
On 9 April 1866 Rossetti wrote to Frederick Leyland:
As you continue to express a wish to have a good picture of mine, I write you word of another I have now begun, which will be one of my best. The picture represents a lady combing her hair. It is the same size as Palmifera – 36 x 31 inches, and will be full of material, – a landscape seen in the background. Its color chiefly white and silver, with a great mass of golden hair.
It was commissioned by Leyland in early 1866 and Lady Lilith was delivered to him in early 1869 (with the above mentioned medofication) at a price of £472 – quite a lot for that time 😉
The text that was attached to the painting, originally titled “Body’s Beauty” is in sync with that of another painting of Rossetti’s. He later renames the poem to “Lilith”
Find the poem –> HERE <– Lady Lilith was donated in 1935 to the Delaware Art Museum where it is now displayed.
There are several copies pertaining to the painter.
A large 1867 replica of Lady Lilith – in watercolor and showing the face of Cornforth, is now owned by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The text that accompanies it is a fragment from Goethe’s Faust:
“Beware of her fair hair, for she excells
All women in the magic of her locks,
And when she twines them round a young man’s neck
she will not ever set him free again.”
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No, my kind of vampires don`t sparkle in the sun and don`t have emo hairdos. They most certainly don`t wear tons of make-up and don`t chase deer in the forest! For me, the vampire is the bloodthirsty mythological creature that inspired the gothic novels and brought to surface the fears of the subconscious. For me… the image of the vampire is Norferatu or Dracula, surely not Edward Cullen. The only romantic shades that I can accept are those given by Anne Rice in the Vampire Chronicles.