Veronica Veronese (1872). Dante Gabriel Rossetti (English, 1828–1882). Oil on canvas. Delaware Art Museum.
The highly decorative character of the picture emphasizes its aesthetic argument, which is more or less explicitly rendered in the title DGR chose for the work. It means literally “a true Veronesian image.” It is not primarily the portrait of a certain woman, it is DGR’s visionary representation of the soul of Veronesian art, as he understood it.