Marie Spartali Stillman
Marie Spartali Stillman started as a model for the works of painters in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and received training to become a painter. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painted in a style that drew from before the Italian Renaissance. They believed that art before the Italian Renaissance depicted nature and the human body more realistically, rather than idealistically. The subject of Stillman’s paintings were typical of Pre-Raphaelites, such as female figures, scenes from literature, and landscapes. Her paintings displayed great attention to detail, intense colors, and complex compositions. Her long career spanned over sixty years and produced over a hundred fifty works. During her lifetime, she displayed her works at the Royal Academy and various galleries in the USA including the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.