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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Life's summary)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti was born in London in 1828, son of a Gabriele Rossetti, an Italian patriot who came to England in 1824. He received an education which combined both the influences of the Italian and the English culture. He studied painting with John Millais and Holman Hunt, and in 1848, with them and four others, founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Rossetti met Elizabeth Siddal, poetess, painter and model to the pre-Raphaelites, in 1850, and they got married ten years later. In 1854 he met John Ruskin and in 1856 William Morris, from whom he was greatly influenced. His wife Elizabeth committed suicide in 1862, dying from an overdose of laudanum. Rossetti's grief was so violent that he buried his unpublished poems in the coffin of his wife, which he seven years later exhumed. In 1881 he was struck down by a paralysis and his bad habit of taking drugs ruined him definitively. The poet died in 1882.