Gabriele, an Italian poet, born in the Abruzzi, March 1, 1783, died in London, April 26, 1854. He was director of the museum of Naples from 1814 to 1821, when he was exiled, and in 1824 he settled in England. He was professor of Italian literature at King's college, London, from 1831 to 1845, when he became blind and resigned his chair. He published Commento analitico sulla Di-vina Commedia (1826-7); Sullo spirito anti-papale (1832); Il mistero dell' amor platoni-co svelato (1840); and La Beatrice del Dante. According to his theory, Dante and his contemporaries adopted a peculiar idiom to veil their aversion for the papacy, and introduced a woman as the special object of their adoration to symbolize true Christianity. Rosset-ti's poetical works include Bio e l'uomo (1840), Il veggente in solitudine (1843), Poesie (1847), and L'Arpa evangelica (1852).
Dante Gabriel, an English artist, son of the preceding, born in London in 1828. He studied at King's college, London, and contributed designs to an illustrated edition of 'Tennyson's poems. In 1849 he exhibited "The Girlhood of the Virgin," a picture in the pre-Raphaelite style, of which he was one of the earliest promoters, and in 1858 at the Liverpool academy three water-color paintings entitled "A Christmas Carol," "The Wedding of St. George," and "Dante's Dream on the Day of the Death of Beatrice." His "Fair Rosamond" was exhibited at the Scottish academy in 1860. He has published "The Early Italian Poets," translations from Dante and his predecessors (London, 1861; revised ed., "Dante and his Circle," 1874), and a volume of "Poems" (1870).
Christina Gabriella, an English poetess, sister of the preceding, born in London in December, 1830. Her publications are: "Goblin Market, and other Poems" (1862); "The Prince's Progress, and other Poems" (1866); "Commonplace, and other short Stories in Prose" (1870); "Sing-Song, a Nursery Rhyme Book" (1872); and "Speaking Likenesses" and "Annus Domini" (1874).