Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism
In 1848, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, formed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and others took aim at a complete renewal of British art by rejecting what they considered the mechanistic approach adopted by artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo, and seeking to return to the abundant detail, intense colors and complex compositions of “pre-Raphael” Italian art. Their anti-establishment ideals were championed by British art critic John Ruskin, and in turn the pre-Raphaelites were influenced by Ruskin’s essays and treatises speaking about the necessity of art for everyone. These themes would later influence artists Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and the great landscape painter JMW Turner. This exhibition, commemorating the 200th birthday of Ruskin, displays the accomplishments of these pioneering artists through approximately 150 items, such as oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, stained glasses, tapestries and furniture.
Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner, Calais Sands at Low Water; Poissards, Collecting Bait, 1830, Oil on canvas, 68.6 x 105.5 cm, Bury Art Gallery ©Bury Art Museum, Greater Manchester, UK