Victorian Visions: Auburn Tress and Artistic Dress Costume Day
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Lady Lilith," 1866–1868 (altered 1872–1873). Oil on canvas, 38 1/2 x 33 1/2 (97.8 x 85.1). Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935
Long, red hair flows over the pages of Victorian literature and in the brush strokes of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Elizabeth Siddal, with her flaming red mane, became muse to Dante Gabriel Rossetti whose paintings recall the flowing red locks in Titian's work. These auburn tresses became so popular that women turned to Parisian hairdressers and homemade herbal dyes to convert their locks into the coveted reddish-brown color.
Today, in celebration, we invite all redheads (real or faux) and Victorian stunners to come to the museum for a day of Truth and Beauty. Pose for a portrait and participate in our Victorian hairstyle photo contest, or simply come dressed in Victorium costume for the festivities.
Visitors with red tresses or dressed in historical garb will enjoy $5 off admission to the exhibition Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters.
Regular museum admission applies. Redheads and visitors in costume receive $5 off admission all day from 9:30 am–5:15 pm.
Please note that all ornamental walking sticks and parasols and the like must be left at coat check before visiting the galleries.
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