Reading the Pre-Raphaelites

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Pre-Raphaelite art is par excellence the art of mid-Victorian Britain, and this reappraisal fills an important void within available scholarship on the subject. By adopting a thematic approach, Tim Barringer navigates a course from analysis of key pictures to their significance within the complex cultural and social matrix of Victorian Britain. Individual chapters provide core concepts for understanding the Pre-Raphaelite engagement with medieval revivalism, nature worship, issues of class and gender, and the reconciliation of the religious image and realism in the nineteenth century; these chapters are also enlivened by telling biographical information where it is significant for the meaning of an image.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300077872
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Past and Present 7
Pre-Raphaelite Identities 11
Contexts 14
Art History and Pre-Raphaelitism 17
1 Rebellion and Revivalism 21
Architecture and Society 24
Ford Madox Brown and the Westminster Frescoes 28
The Brotherhood 32
Revivalism and Realism 37
Rossetti and his Followers in the 1850s 45
Pre-Raphaelitism to Socialism 51
2 Truth to Nature 55
Ruskin and Turner 57
Modern Painters and Pre-Raphaelite Painting 60
Peculiarly English: Madox Brown's View from the Suburbs 66
Young Ruskinians: Brett and Inchbold 71
Time, Mood and Nostalgia: Victorian Landscape after Pre-Raphaelitism 79
3 Modern Life 85
Modern Life and Genre 87
Separate Spheres 89
The Fallen Woman 94
Men at Work 100
4 Art, Religion and Empire 109
Tractarian Tendencies 110
Muscular Christianity 114
The Light of the World 116
Religion, Race and Empire: Holman Hunt in the Holy Land 118
Typological Symbolism 128
5 Pre-Raphaelites and Aesthetes 135
Millais in 1856: Evocations of Mood 136
Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddall 140
Bocca Baciata 146
The Condition of Music 149
Bohemianism and the Erotic 155
Burne-Jones: Pre-Raphaelite to Aesthete 159
The Whistler - Ruskin Trial 164
Epilogue 168
Timeline 170
Bibliography 172
Picture Credits 174
Index 174
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