Art of the Pre-Raphaelites

ISBN-10: 0691070571
ISBN-13: 9780691070575
Edition: 2001
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Description: Though always controversial in art circles, the Pre-Raphaelites have also always been extremely popular with museum goers. This accessible new study provides the most comprehensive view of the movement to date. It shows us why, a century and a half  More...

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Book details

List price: $80.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.432

Though always controversial in art circles, the Pre-Raphaelites have also always been extremely popular with museum goers. This accessible new study provides the most comprehensive view of the movement to date. It shows us why, a century and a half later, Pre-Raphaelite art retains its power to fascinate, haunt, and often shock its viewers. Calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt produced a statement of ideas that revolutionized art practice in Victorian England. Critical of the Royal Academy's formulaic works, these painters believed that painting had been misdirected since Raphael. They and the artists who joined with them, including William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, and Frederick George Stephens, created bright works representing nature and literary themes in fresh detail and color. Considered heretical by many and frequently admonished for a lack of grace in composition the group disbanded after only a few years. Yet its artists and ideals remained influential; its works, greatly admired. In this richly illustrated book, Elizabeth Prettejohn raises new and provocative questions about the group's social and artistic identity. Was it the first avant-garde movement in modern art? What role did women play in the Pre-Raphaelite fraternity? How did relationships between the artists and models affect the paintings? The author also analyzes technique, pinning down the distinctive characteristics of these painters and evaluating the degree to which a group style existed. And she considers how Pre-Raphaelite art responded to and commented on its time and place a world characterized by religious and political controversy, new scientific concern for precise observation, the emergence of psychology, and changing attitudes toward sexuality and women. The first major publication on the Pre-Raphaelite movement in more than fifteen years, this exquisite volume incorporates the swell of recent research into a comprehensive, up-to-date survey. It comprises well over two hundred color reproductions, including works that are immediately recognizable as Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces, as well as lesser-known paintings that expand our appreciation of this significant artistic departure.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Prologue
Stories of Pre-Raphaelitism
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood
Pre-Raphaelitism
Studies in Pre-Raphaelitism
Technique
Pre-Raphaelite Realism: Landscape and the Human Model
Gender and Sexuality
Contexts for Pre-Raphaelitism
Epilogue
Abbreviations: Illustrations and Frequently Cited Sources
Notes
Glossary ofNames
Chronology
Annotated Bibliography
Index

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