The Resurrection of the Daisy
Date: 1861
Medium: Etching
Dimensions: plate: 4 × 5 3/4 in. (10.2 × 14.6 cm) sheet: 8 1/2 × 11 3/4 in. (21.6 × 29.8 cm)
Credit Line: Acquisition Fund, 2006
Object Number: 2006-58
About: James Smetham was part of the circle of artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Resurrection of the Daisy was inspired by Chaucer's Legend of the Good Women and includes a passage from the prologue of this text beneath the image. Although the artist's intent is somewhat enigmatic, the meaning of the subject can generally be interpreted as a reference to the symbolic presence of spiritual love and Christian resurrection in the springtime growth of the daisy.
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