Pre-Raphaelites

Overview

Sometimes considered the first avant-garde art movement, the Pre-Raphaelites rejected their era's dominant artistic theories for what they saw as a more spiritual, naturalistic and intensely personal approach. Fascinated by the romantic aspects of medieval culture and the vivid, jewel-like colors of Quattrocento art, the movement abhored the Classical poses and composition of Raphael and those influenced by him—hence the group's name—and the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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Overview

Sometimes considered the first avant-garde art movement, the Pre-Raphaelites rejected their era's dominant artistic theories for what they saw as a more spiritual, naturalistic and intensely personal approach. Fascinated by the romantic aspects of medieval culture and the vivid, jewel-like colors of Quattrocento art, the movement abhored the Classical poses and composition of Raphael and those influenced by him—hence the group's name—and the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the original Pre-Raphaelites were joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven-member "brotherhood". Its influence on many later British artists was extensive, and Rossetti's work is now seen as a precursor of the wider European Symbolist movement. This book examines the group's emergence, development, influence, and subsequent demise.

About the Series:
Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Genre Series features:

  • a detailed introduction with approximately 35 photographs, plus a timeline of the most important events (political, cultural, scientific, etc.) that took place during the time period
  • a selection of the most important works of the epoch; each is presented on a 2-page spread with a full-page image and, on the facing page, a description/interpretation of the work and brief biography of the artist as well as additional information such as a reference work, portrait of the artist, and/or citations
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783822854860
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/15/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 989,737
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Birchall is Curator of Historic Fine Art at the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester. She previously worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Tate Britain, helping to organize major exhibitions including Millais (2007) and How We Are: Photographing Britain (2008). A specialist in Victorian art, she has contributed to books and written articles about John Ruskin, the relationship between painting and photography, and British watercolours.

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Table of Contents

Victorian Rebels 6

John Wycliffe Reading his Translation of the Bible to John of Gaunt Ford Madox Brown 26

Twelfth Night Walter Howell Deverell 28

Ecce Ancilla Domini! (The Annunciation) Dante Gabriel Rossetti 30

Christ in the House of his Parents ("The Carpenter's Shop") John Everett Millais 32

Convent Thoughts Charles Allston Collins 34

The Hireling Shepherd William Holman Hunt 36

Ophelia John Everett Millais 38

The Last of England Ford Madox Brown 40

Work Ford Madox Brown 42

The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice Dante Gabriel Rossetti 44

John Ruskin John Everett Millais 46

Fragment of the Alps John Ruskin 48

Found Dante Gabriel Rossetti 50

Jerusalem and the Valley of Jehoshaphat from the Hill of Evil Counsel Thomas Seddon 52

The Scapegoat William Holman Hunt 54

The Blind Girl John Everett Millais 56

The Long Engagement Arthur Hughes 58

At Bolton (The White Doe of Rylstone) John William InchBold 60

Autumn Leaves John Everett Millais 62

Chatterton Henry Wallis 64

The Stonebreaker John Brett 66

Sidonia von Bork Edward Coley Burne-Jones 68

Vivien Frederick Sandys 70

Beata Beatrix Dante Gabriel Rossetti 72

Love in Autumn Simeon Solomon 74

Isabella and the Pot of Basil William Holman Hunt 76

La Pia de' Tolomei Dante Gabriel Rossetti 78

The Shadow of Death William Holman Hunt 80

The Minor of Venus Edward Coley Burne-Jones 82

The Golden Stairs Edward Coley Burne-Jones 84

The Tree of Forgiveness Edward Coley Burne-Jones 86

The Rose Bower from The Briar Rose Series Edward Coley Burne-Jones 88

Flora Edward Coley Burne-Jones Und William Morris 90

Medea Evelyn De Morgan 92

The Little Foot Page Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale 94

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