Browning Portraits

  • William Michael Rossetti


[Michele Gordigiani’s portrait:] The spacious unwrinkled forehead, in which thought seems to have accumulated and condensed; the watchful eyes, slightly over-drooped by their lids; the half-smiling, half-pondering mouth,—Browning’s face was, indeed, seldom without a certain lambency, as of a pleasant and kindly thought which would easily lapse into a smile; the whole set of the visage, which seems to be listening, and preparing to reply — all these points are well given, and realise very satisfactorily the impression which the man produced. The face in this portrait is certainly a highly intellectual one; but I think it is treated with too much morbidezza, so as to lack some of that extreme keenness which characterised Browning.

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  • William Michael Rossetti

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