'Veronica Veronese'
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

In Veronica Veronese,
Rossetti depicts woman as an icon of creativity.

"Suddenly leaning forward, the Lady Veronica rapidly wrote the first notes on the virgin page. Then she took the bow of the violin to make her dream reality; but before commencing to play the instrument suspended from her hand, she paused for a few moments listening to the inspiring bird, while her left hand, strayed over the strings searching for the supreme melody, still elusive. It was the marriage of the voices of nature and of the soul- the dawn of a mystic creation." D.G. Rossetti

A companion piece for Veronica Veronese, Sea Spell, illustrates the lines from Coleridge's Kubla Khan:

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw.

Rossetti himself also wrote an accompanying sonnet:

Her lute hangs shadowed in the apple tree,
While flashing fingers weave the sweet-strung spell
Between its chords; and as the wild notes swell,
The sea-bird for those branches leaves the sea.
But to what sound her listening ear stoops she?
What netherworld gulf-whispers hoes she hear,
In answering echoes from what planisphere,
Along the wind, along the estuary?

'Sea Spell'
by Dante Gabriel Rossetti