The History Channel's This Day in History feature informs us that today is the birthday of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. About Rossetti, it says:
"Dante Rossetti, put off by his father's passionate politics, came to believe that art and literature should pursue beauty for beauty's sake and not try to be moral, instructive, or politically useful."
The Rossetti Archive has a ton of interesting stuff on him. If you haven't studied him, which I haven't, it's all recommended reading.