Sometimes considered the first avant-garde art movement, the Pre-Raphaelites rejected their era's dominant artistic theories for what they saw as a more spiritual, naturalistic and intensely personal approach.
Fascinated by the romantic aspects of medieval culture and the vivid, jewel-like colors of Quattrocento art, the movement abhored the Classical poses and composition of Raphael and those influenced by him-hence the group's name-and the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the original Pre-Raphaelites were joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven-member "brotherhood".
Its influence on many later British artists was extensive, and Rossetti's work is now seen as a precursor of the wider European Symbolist movement.
This book examines the group's emergence, development, influence, and subsequent demise.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 96 pages, illustrations
- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Publication Date: 25/02/2016
- Category: Art & design styles: Pre-Raphaelite art
- ISBN: 9783836519656
- Paperback from £5.79