Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Avant-Garde12. Sep - 13. Jan 13 / ended Tate Britain
£14 (£12.20 concs)
Open daily 10:00 - 18:00, Fridays 10:00 - 22:00
Combining rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelites constitute Britain’s first modern art movement. This exhibition brings together over 150 works in different media, including painting, sculpture, photography and the applied arts, revealing the Pre-Raphaelites to be advanced in their approach to every genre. Led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) rebelled against the art establishment of the mid-nineteenth century, taking inspiration from early Renaissance painting.
The exhibition establishes the PRB as an early example of the avant-garde: painters who self-consciously overturned orthodoxy and established a new benchmark for modern painting and design. It will include many famous Pre-Raphaelite works, and will also re-introduce some rarely seen masterpieces including Ford Madox Brown’s polemical Work 1852–65 and the 1858 wardrobe designed by Philip Webb and painted by Edward Burne-Jones on the theme of The Prioress’s Tale.
You’ll also see John Everett Millais’s first painting ‘en plein air’ entitled: Ferdinand Lured by Ariel 1849-50 and the politically charged: A Huguenot, on St Bartholomew’s Day, refusing to shield himself from danger by wearing the Roman Catholic Badge 1851-2.
The exhibition shows that the Pre-Raphaelite environment was widely encompassing in its reach across the fine and decorative arts, in response to a fast-changing religious and political backdrop, and in its relationship to women practitioners
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Sex up the marketing, miss the point
by EllRlly 19.10.12 23:48
I'm hoping to go to this show, now that I've already got an opinion on it. But I voice my reservations here. Going by the focus on raunch (by Victorian standards!), controversy (they were not popular, but that doesn't make them revolutionaries) and interior design fashion (tangent) it misses an opportunity to explore their more refined followers, like Edward Burne-Jones and John Waterhouse, or their link to the Aesthetic movement. There doesn't seem to be much substance, then, and it goes off on a tangent to William Morris and decorative design, (and a bed?!) whilst not including The Light of The World, which would be the one piece I'd really like to see. Apparently that hangs in St Paul's anyway (making it an easy job to borrow, surely). If the worst comes to the worst, I might head to St Paul's instead. I'll keep you posted either way.Report this opinion as offensive