#2 PlantsHistoric Beauty

Three of today’s leading trendsetters have each created an artwork especially for The Green Gallery, inspired by the beautiful historic painting ‘Day Dream’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Their contemporary interpretations of Rossetti’s piece are truly authentic and breathtaking. Explore, and enjoy_______.

historic
    beauty

Day Dream (1880)

Day Dream was Gabriel Dante Rossetti's last finished work. Saillant detail; at the time this was painted Rossetti was involved in an illicit love affair with Jane Morris, the sitter for this painting (wife of William Morris). He shows her sitting in the branches of a sycamore tree, holding a sprig of honeysuckle. This sweet-smelling climbing plant symbolised the bonds of love for the Victorians. The painter probably included it as a subtle reference to his relationship with Jane...

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

(1828 -1882)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet and painter, and founder of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which aimed at a renewal of the art by nature and by the early Italian pictorial art. Inspired by the poetry of Dante Alighieri and the mystical poetry and paintings of William Blake he developed a symbolic-decorative style, starting early Art Nouveau. In 1860, he married Elizabeth Siddal, his favorite model, who unfortunately died two years later. The subjects of his paintings and poems from that moment on were always women.

The title relates to Rossetti’s poem Day Dream which ends like this:

She dreams; Till now on her forgotten book drops the forgotten blossom from her hand_________.

Rossetti was very directive concerning the way his work should be exhibited: “The picture itself need not stand more than a foot at very utmost from the ground, to be seen to advantage by a seated person. (...)The picture should slope forward (...). It should be as far away from the white dado as possible & the stand not made light but dark. The picture cannot help looking dull otherwise, though it is very brilliant if it gets a chance. It ought to stand with the light from the left of spectator, as here, otherwise it will lose in effect.” (undated letter, private collection).
As Day Dream was the painter's last finished work, he gave it great attention, considering the numerous letters he sent to his patron while executing the painting. He was confident with the quality of the painting, and wrote on 18 March 1880: “I am glad to say it is far advanced & will be beyond question as good a thing as I ever did_______.”

historic
    beauty

historic
    beauty

Three of today’s leading trendsetters have each created an artwork especially for The Green Gallery, inspired by the beautiful historic painting ‘Day Dream’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Their contemporary interpretations of Rossetti’s piece are truly authentic and breathtaking. Explore, and enjoy_______.

April and May | Beeldsteil

‘Use nature to capture beauty’

Serena Biagini

‘Try to keep things simple’

Marta Greber

‘Eat plants for your health’

The title relates to Rossetti’s poem Day Dream which ends like this:

She dreams; Till now on her forgotten book drops the forgotten blossom from her hand_________.

Day Dream (1880)

Day Dream was Gabriel Dante Rossetti's last finished work. Saillant detail; at the time this was painted Rossetti was involved in an illicit love affair with Jane Morris, the sitter for this painting (wife of William Morris). He shows her sitting in the branches of a sycamore tree, holding a sprig of honeysuckle. This sweet-smelling climbing plant symbolised the bonds of love for the Victorians. The painter probably included it as a subtle reference to his relationship with Jane...

April and May | Beeldsteil

“The painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti inspired us to translate women from the past into a modern version with a focus on nature, green and new ways of using nature to capture beauty and dream away on a late summer and early autumn day. In the painting the woman is almost one with nature and all the green surrounding her. This inspired us too to work with the theme of hiding and concealing, thinking: Dreams even may spring till autumn...”

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

(1828 -1882)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet and painter, and founder of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which aimed at a renewal of the art by nature and by the early Italian pictorial art. Inspired by the poetry of Dante Alighieri and the mystical poetry and paintings of William Blake he developed a symbolic-decorative style, starting early Art Nouveau. In 1860, he married Elizabeth Siddal, his favorite model, who unfortunately died two years later. The subjects of his paintings and poems from that moment on were always women.

April and May

Beeldsteil

Jantine Vaartjes and Vivian Hoebe founded April and May in 2009. They believe there is a story in everything and want to share these stories with you. Their inspiring online platform is all about interior, design, fashion and lifestyle.
Beeldsteil is an esthetic lifestyle, photography and interior design blog with a Scandinavian touch. Founder Wendy van Woudenberg also works as an image editor, photo stylist and photographer. She likes to share all the beauty she sets her eyes on.
blog.aprilandmay.com
www.beeldsteil.com

Plantcast

Fern
Ivy
Alocasia Calidora

Jantine: “We both started our companies after graduating the Artemis Styling Academy in Amsterdam not knowing each other personally but following our dream to work in the field of interior, design and photography. April and May started as a styling agency and the main focus of Beeldsteil was working as a photographer and photo stylist. We both started blogging as a way of sharing what inspired us and to show what we loved. The blogging part became a serious business next to our regular work and projects and in the following years we have build a large group of followers on our social media channels like pinterest, facebook and instagram. It’s through these online platforms we met each other and felt a connection that resulted in working together as stylists and photographer. Because of this passion working together brings the best out of both

Surrounded by nature
Live, walk, dream and wonder
Keep nature close
Embody it in different ways
Tell your own story_______.

April and May | Beeldsteil favourite plants

Sparmannia Africana
Monstera Flora
Tillandsia

and inspires us to look further and create and capture images that tell a story.Combining our experience and qualities as stylists and photographer we are connected by sharing stories and our passion to share what we see. We work together to capture these stories, looking beyond the ordinary. Stories about you, life, a home or a brand. Minimalistic is a word that fits us both and we love a pure and simple way of creating, styling and capturing without being boring or distant. The Scandinavian way of looking at design, interiors and composition is one of our sources of inspiration. We also share a mutual love for green and nature. Working with plants and flowers brings that little extra that immediately creates a certain feeling and sphere, whether using it in subtle way or in a more expressive way using lots of green together. When you grow older you start to see more of what nature has to offer and how this can affect the way you feel and how it inspires in so many different ways_______.”

Plantcast

Fern
Ivy
Alocasia Calidora

DIY - Printed leafs

+ Choose a selection of beautiful leaves
+ Paint them in the colour you prefer
+ Stamp on a piece of a fabric (using special paint) or on a nice piece of paper, to create your own piece of art inspired by nature

Photography and video
Beeldsteil

Styling
April and May

April and May | Beeldsteil favourite plants

Sparmannia Africana
Monstera Flora
Tillandsia

A selection from @aprilandmay's & @beeldsteil's timeline.

Day Dream (1880)

Day Dream was Gabriel Dante Rossetti's last finished work. Saillant detail; at the time this was painted Rossetti was involved in an illicit love affair with Jane Morris, the sitter for this painting (wife of William Morris). He shows her sitting in the branches of a sycamore tree, holding a sprig of honeysuckle. This sweet-smelling climbing plant symbolised the bonds of love for the Victorians. The painter probably included it as a subtle reference to his relationship with Jane...

Serena Biagini

Serena Biagini adores painters like Caravaggio, Monet, Klimt and the Pre-Raphaelites. That’s why she loved working with Day Dream from Rossetti so much. During this photoshoot she tried to keep in mind to keep things simple. Whilst the quote Photographer Serena loves most is ‘Less is more’ uttered long time ago by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Her dreamy and romantic atmosphere is based on the great masters of photography like Tim Walker, Paolo Roversi, Giovanni Gastel, Eugenio Recuenco and Sarah Moon.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

(1828 -1882)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet and painter, and founder of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which aimed at a renewal of the art by nature and by the early Italian pictorial art. Inspired by the poetry of Dante Alighieri and the mystical poetry and paintings of William Blake he developed a symbolic-decorative style, starting early Art Nouveau. In 1860, he married Elizabeth Siddal, his favorite model, who unfortunately died two years later. The subjects of his paintings and poems from that moment on were always women.

Serena Biagini

Serena Biagini is a 31 year old Italian photographer from Sassuolo. As a child she loved to play with analog cameras; the first one she owned was a Polaroid camera, at the age of 5. Her overwhelming passion grew inside until 2004 when Serena began to consider photography as a way to express herself. Nowadays her work has been published in various national and international magazines. She worked with Hestetika, Reykjavik Boulevard, Fotografare, FotoCult, B-Now, Vogue.it and Thierry Marlat Gallery in Paris.

DIY - Get inspired

Music to listen to while getting inspired, picked by Serena: Berceuse in D flat Major Op.57 – Chopin

Plantcast

Trumpet Vine

Serena: “Since I can remember I’ve always loved nature, in particular plants, flowers, insects and animals. I had a sort of herbarium in which I put all pressed flowers, leaves and other little treasures I found in the yard during my summer explorations. My herbarium was a dark blue agenda that my father gave to me for Christmas. We went on an excursion with my schoolclass once and our teacher asked us to pick up some flowers and leaves, to make a little report about our trip afterwards. I liked the experience and idea so much that I decided to continue and started to collect different kind of flowers and leaves to dry them at home. Afterwards I tried to discover their names, searching in different kinds of garden and naturebooks I found at home. But I am sure I made

‘Since I can remember I've always loved nature_______.’

a huge mess out of it. In our own garden we had some roses planted by my grandmother. They scented in a way I am not able to explain with only words. When the petals were dried they continued to smell for a long time. It was really uplifting. With these petals I made a really nice collage in my agenda. It’s still beautiful after all this time. I also used to collect other natural treasures like feathers, died butterflies, egg shells. Especially blackbird's egg shells, they were my favorite, nice pale blue with little brownish spots. I put all those stuff into plastic bags and pasted them in my agenda. It made me so proud. But in a way also very protective, so I used to hide my collection in a secret compartment inside my wardrobe. I still have that agenda, and I’m garding it like a treasure_______.”

DIY - Get inspired

Music to listen to while getting inspired, picked by Serena: Berceuse in D flat Major Op.57 – Chopin

Serena: “Since I can remember I’ve always loved nature, in particular plants, flowers, insects and animals. I had a sort of herbarium in which I put all pressed flowers, leaves and other little treasures I found in the yard during my summer explorations. My herbarium was a dark blue agenda that my father gave to me for Christmas. We went on an excursion with my schoolclass once and our teacher asked us to pick up some flowers and leaves, to make a little report about our trip afterwards. I liked the experience and idea so much that I decided to continue and started to collect different kind of flowers and leaves to dry them at home. Afterwards I tried to discover their names, searching in different kinds of garden and naturebooks I found at home. But I am sure I made

‘Since I can remember I've always loved nature_______.’

a huge mess out of it. In our own garden we had some roses planted by my grandmother. They scented in a way I am not able to explain with only words. When the petals were dried they continued to smell for a long time. It was really uplifting. With these petals I made a really nice collage in my agenda. It’s still beautiful after all this time. I also used to collect other natural treasures like feathers, died butterflies, egg shells. Especially blackbird's egg shells, they were my favorite, nice pale blue with little brownish spots. I put all those stuff into plastic bags and pasted them in my agenda. It made me so proud. But in a way also very protective, so I used to hide my collection in a secret compartment inside my wardrobe. I still have that agenda, and I’m garding it like a treasure_______.”

Plantcast

Trumpet Vine

Serena Biagini
Favourite plants

Lavender

Photograph
Setena Biagini

Model
Beatrice Zanotti

Serena Biagini
Favourite plants

Lavender

A selection from Serena Biagini’s timeline

Day Dream (1880)

Day Dream was Gabriel Dante Rossetti's last finished work. Saillant detail; at the time this was painted Rossetti was involved in an illicit love affair with Jane Morris, the sitter for this painting (wife of William Morris). He shows her sitting in the branches of a sycamore tree, holding a sprig of honeysuckle. This sweet-smelling climbing plant symbolised the bonds of love for the Victorians. The painter probably included it as a subtle reference to his relationship with Jane...

Marta Greber

This painting of Rossetti made Marta Greber from whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday dream about lovely green matcha pancakes with chocolate cream, fruits, and edible blooming plants. Hmm. Delicious. And she chose these striking orange blossoms from different edible plants and their fresh green leaves to made it look like a match made in heaven. We bet Rossetti and his model Jane would have loved it to. So pretty… so tastefull...

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

(1828 -1882)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti was an English poet and painter, and founder of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which aimed at a renewal of the art by nature and by the early Italian pictorial art. Inspired by the poetry of Dante Alighieri and the mystical poetry and paintings of William Blake he developed a symbolic-decorative style, starting early Art Nouveau. In 1860, he married Elizabeth Siddal, his favorite model, who unfortunately died two years later. The subjects of his paintings and poems from that moment on were always women.

Whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday

Marta Greber entered her adult life as a lawyer but somehow she ended up as a food- and travel -photographer and writer. It started all with her moving to Sydney and trying ricotta pancakes with bananas and maple syrup. It was love from the first sight. Except for blogging about her morning treats on her stunning blog whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.com you can find her beautiful pictures and texts in “Berlin” book by CeeCee, new release by Gestalten - “The Delicious”, Food and Wine, Saveur, USTA Magazine, Kukbuk and few more delicious titles.

Plantcast

Oxalis leaves
Capuchin blossom
Capuchin leaves
Pansy

Marta: “Between then and now my life was pretty exciting. I’ve been living in Amsterdam, Berlin, Sucre, Brussels, San Francisco, Barcelona, Tokyo, Lisbon. But wherever I go I come back with a little guide, as to feel like home, I need a tiny place serving a perfect cup of coffee and another one with a perfect breakfast. Almost each day I get up early in the morning and enjoy my coffee while preparing breakfast for my little family. Since few months, there’s Mia Sydney in our life, my little bag of sugar. We still enjoy breakfast and definitely a big cup of coffee.There’s also a big place for plants and flowers in my everyday life. I always have a fresh arrangement on my kitchen table, which next to a coffee helps me to start a day in a great mood. I also try to add seasonal edible plants and flowers to place a colour on

‘There's also a big place for plants and flowers in my everyday life________.’

my porridge, cake or omelette. My grandma used to say that plants and flowers are not only beautiful, but some of them also healthy. When I was a small kid spending summer with my grandparents, I did take everything my grandma said very seriously, what means preparing a salad out of her garden plants and flowers and making my friends eat it with me. Well, it turned out that not all the plants and flowers are edible and it’s worth checking it out… But my salads looked truly beautiful_______.”

‘There's also a big place for plants and flowers in my everyday life________.’

my porridge, cake or omelette. My grandma used to say that plants and flowers are not only beautiful, but some of them also healthy. When I was a small kid spending summer with my grandparents, I did take everything my grandma said very seriously, what means preparing a salad out of her garden plants and flowers and making my friends eat it with me. Well, it turned out that not all the plants and flowers are edible and it’s worth checking it out… But my salads looked truly beautiful_______.”

Plantcast

Oxalis leaves
Capuchin blossom
Capuchin leaves
Pansy

Marta Greber Favourite plants

Peonie

DIY – Delicious recipe

Click here for Green matcha pancakes with chocolate cream, fruits and edible flowers."

Marta Greber Favourite plants

Peonie

A selection from @whatforbreakfast's timeline.