The very name of the Pre-Raphaelites, by referencing Raphael, evokes Italy and, of course, harkens back to art before the High Renaissance and Raphael’s followers. Much has been written about the Italian artists of the early Renaissance and late-medieval periods who inspired the Pre-Raphaelites — Botticelli and Fra Angelico were named specifically on the Brotherhood’s ‘List of Immortals’ — and there was an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in 2010 titled… 1,320 more words
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“Yet Pre-Raphaelitism never quite went away. It acquired an armor-plated niche in the English imagination. Its present triumph, symbolized by the Tate show, has nothing to do with with dubious cultural cliches such as “postmodernist irony.” There is no irony in Pre-Raphaelitism.
Years ago in London I was wandering through the Tate with my friends, tired of seemingly endless rooms of Italian Renaissance paintings, when I walked into another room and was simply blown away. 483 more words
Sotheby’s will be offering Rossetti’s “Pandora” as part of an auction of British and Irish Art on 22 May 2014.
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“Following the record-breaking sales of Rossetti’s A Christmas Carol and Proserpine last year, the most significant Pre-Raphaelite oil painting has come to light and will be offered at auction this spring for the first time in more than half a century.