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Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

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The Beloved ('The Bride') , 1865-6 Oil on Canvas Support: 825 X 762 Mm Frame: 1220 X 1110 X 83 Mm © Purchased with assistance from Sir Arthur Du Cros Bt and Sir Otto Beit KCMG through the Art Fund 1916
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
United Kingdom
September 12th, 2012 - January 13th, 2013
Opening: September 12th, 2012 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.tate.org.uk
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
london bridge, southbank
EMAIL:  
information@tate.org.uk
PHONE:  
44 20 78878000
OPEN HOURS:  
Sat-Thu 10-6; Fri 10-10
TAGS:  
photography, sculpture
COST:  
£14, concessions available

DESCRIPTION

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.