In Victorian England, with the country swept up in the Industrial Revolution, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, close to William Morris’ Arts and Crafts movement, yearned for a return to bygone values. Wishing to revive the pure and noble forms of the Italian Renaissance, the major painters of the circle such as John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Edward Burne-Jones, in opposition to the academicism of the time, favoured realism and biblical themes over the affected canons of the 19th century. This work, with its captivating text and rich illustrations, describes with enthusiasm this singular movement which notably inspired the followers of Art Nouveau and Symbolism.
The essayist Robert de la Sizeranne, the notable author of Mornings in Florence, Simple Studies of Christian Art, retraces the epic movement led by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, aided by a rich selection of documentation. This text explores everything from its origins to its characteristics, and offers a remarkable presentation of the masters of the Brotherhood. Amongst the author’s successes are included the works John Ruskin, Religion and Beauty and Art during the War, 1914-1918.
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