Monthly Archives: June 2017
The first works with the mysterious monogram “PRB” appeared at exhibitions only in 1849. These were Lorenzo and Isabella by Milles, The Virginity of Mary by Rossetti, and Rienzi Hunt. The last picture is inspired by the novel of the same name by Bulwer-Lytton. Its full name: “Rienzi over the body of a murdered brother takes an oath to take revenge on tyrants.” Hunt chose this topic after the April beating of the Chartists, which he turned out to be an eyewitness, which made a huge impression on him. Continue reading
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