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Symbiosis

Rossetti acted as Lizzie’s teacher and mentor, but I do not feel that this aspect of their relationship was one-sided.  I prefer to  view their time together as one of collaboration and believe that they influenced each other in an artistic and symbiotic flow.  A good example of this is Siddal’s painting Lady Affixing a Pennant and Rossetti’s  painting Before the Battle.   Both works have  identical subjects, presented in a medieval style.   In these paintings we see women attaching banners or pennants to knight’s spears in preparation for battle.

Siddal, Lady Affixing a Pennant

Lady Affixing a Pennant, Elizabeth Siddal circa 1856

Rossetti, Before the Battle

Before the Battle, Dante Gabriel Rossetti circa 1857