press release

Combining rebellion and revivalism, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelites constitute Britain’s first modern art movement. This exhibition will bring 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 will establish 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. The exhibition will show the Pre-Raphaelite environment to be 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.

Victorian Avant-Garde
Kuratoren: Alison Smith, Tim Barringer, Jason Rosenfeld

Künstler: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, Friedrich Overbeck, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Lorenzo Monaco, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Thomas Woolner, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Ford Madox Brown, William Henry Fox Talbot, John Brett, Alexander Munro, William Holman Hunt, Julia Margaret Cameron...