The very name of the fraternity seemed to imply recognition of the art of Raphael’s predecessors and a denial of himself. But this is not so. The picturesque achievements of the great master were reduced by followers to the finished recipe. Rafael was involuntarily responsible for the work of later imitators, whose “high style” was distinguished by his mannerism and lack of life truth.
The Pre-Raphaelite movement began with little: the friendship of several young people, united by a desire to break out of the stuffy atmosphere of the wretched philistine art of the time of Queen Victoria and the rule of prosperous capitalists. Continue reading