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The most comprehensive and up-to-date book on these artists to date. Highly Recommended. By Aurâelie Petiot. Meet the renegades of Victorian art in this gorgeously illustrated exploration of their work and influence. Starting in the revolutionary year of 1848, the Pre-Raphaelites set out to return a lost vibrancy to British art. Together they mounted an artistic front against what they saw as the confining standards of the Victorian art world, and the dehumanizing aspects of the industrial age. Among their ranks were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt, and later followers included Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Abbeville Press, 2019.

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Meet the renegades of Victorian art in this gorgeously illustrated exploration of their work and influence. Starting in the revolutionary year of 1848, the Pre-Raphaelites set out to return a lost vibrancy to British art. Together they mounted an artistic front against what they saw as the confining standards of the Victorian art world, and the dehumanizing aspects of the industrial age. Among their ranks were Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt, and later followers included Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris.

Six long, comprehensive chapters are each broken down into parts: Origins; Technique and Naturalism; Narratives, from Medievalism to Symbolism; Toward a New History Painting; The Decorative Arts; and Englishness and Modernity: The French Reception of the PRB. If those sound lofty, they’re not…the art speaks for itself. And what art, beautifully presented in this oversize format. Satisfyingly large reproductions, superb printing and detail.

There’s also an Epilogue: Influence on Modern Art; Notes, Bibliography and Index.

All the players are here, with both the finest paintings and never before seen drawings and prelim works. Burne-Jones, William Morris, Walter Crane, Ashbee, de Morgan, Pugin, Rosetti, Frith, Millais, Watts, Madox Brown, Solomon, Brett, Scott, Holman Hunt, Waterhouse, Seddon and the list goes on.

This looks at the Arts and Crafts movement, craftswomen, realism and topographical symbolism, medieval fantasies, English legends, urban landscapes, Plein-Air painting and landscapes, Ruskin and truth to nature.

Their works drew from Shakespeare, Keats, Tennyson, and medieval lore. They also treated religious and contemporary themes with striking realism, bringing viewers into intimate contact with the subject and causing scandal in their time. In her authoritative yet readable text, author Aurâelie Petiot traces Pre-Raphaelitism from its beginnings in a secret brotherhood to its dissemination in multiple strands of English art. Each painting is reproduced with the luminous brilliance and detail for which the Pre-Raphaelites were known. This book is a must-have for any art history lover.

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