Rossetti & the Pre-Raphaelites

Lesson rationale

Christina Rossetti grew to adulthood surrounded by numerous talented artists, poets and other intellectuals who were friends, connections or relations of the family. Although closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Rossetti turned down the opportunity of being a member. The following ideas encourage students to investigate the Pre-Raphaelite principles of pursuing nature and the natural world as a stimulus for their work.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What was the context for Rossetti’s creative development?
  • How was Rossetti involved with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood?
  • Why is Rossetti’s poetry still popular today?