My beloved is mine and I am
his. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for thy love
is better than wine. (The Song of Solomon 2:16 and 1:2).
She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needlework;
the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto
thee. (Psalms 45:14)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti's painting
"The Beloved" (c.1865-1866) is inspired by the power
of woman's beauty and the biblical Song of Solomon. The bride
draws your eyes to her as she pulls back her veil to reveal her
beauty. Rich colors and exotic fabrics heighten her sensuality.
The painting has a number of
symbolic undertones. The young black boy offers the bride roses,
a symbol of love, but also a Christian image, indicating someone
who is matchless or without peer. The virgins hold lilies, normally
a symbol of purity, but these lilies are red and suggest passion
and physical love. The composition is interesting as her attendants
crowd around the bride, providing a rich and sumptuous setting
for her jewel-like beauty.
One of the many things I love
about Dante's painting is the wealth of embellishment. Very few
painters of the time included so much jewelry. In the case of
"The Beloved", Dante painted hair ornaments, necklaces,
bracelets and rings. Two of these elements have drawn my eye
for quite some time. One attendant is wearing a fabulous swirling
hair ornament, which has appeared in quite a few of Dante's painting.
The other is the headpiece on the young boy.
inspiration for The Beloved:
A Wrap-style Bracelet is a combination of design details from
the two pieces of jewelry that have been of great interest to
me in this painting. A wrap-style bracelet with an interesting
lacing technique is the background for the embellishments. The
center component consists of a beautiful puffed ring that "swirls"
on a pearl stem. The second set of components has a trillion
CZ as the center with a puffy bezel to accent the shape. The
last components are 10mm CZ's with a simple bezel. All of the
components are sewn to the wrap bracelet, which ends with an
oval CZ button.
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Dimensions: 1.25 inches at the widest point. The
strap is a .5 wide by the desired length to wrap three times
around the wrist.
Even-count peyote stitch with increasing
Flat, odd-count peyote stitch