Past Event Tate Britain Exhibition

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

12 September 2012 – 13 January 2013
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 'The Beloved ('The Bride')' 1865-6
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Beloved ('The Bride') 1865-6
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, 'Ophelia' 1851-2
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
Ophelia 1851-2

William Morris's Bed

Dante Gabriel Rossetti Lady Lilith 1866–8

Edward Coley Burne-Jones Laus Veneris 1873-1878

Edward Coley Burne-Jones The Prioress's Tale Wardrobe 1858

Henry Wallis, 'Chatterton' 1856
Henry Wallis
Chatterton 1856

Edward Coley Burne-Jones Maria Zambaco 1870

Alexander Munro Young Romilly 1863 National Galleries of Scotland

Peacock and bird carpet c.1800s

Combining rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelites constitute Britain’s first modern art movement. This exhibition brings 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 RossettiWilliam 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 establishes 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.

You’ll also see John Everett Millais’s first painting ‘en plein air’ entitled: Ferdinand Lured by Ariel 1849-50 and the politically charged: A Huguenot, on St Bartholomew’s Day, refusing to shield himself from danger by wearing the Roman Catholic Badge 1851-2.

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Pre-Raphaelites: Curator's choice – Ford Madox Brown's 'Work'

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Pre-Raphaelites: Curator's choice - Millais's 'Isabella'

The exhibition shows that the Pre-Raphaelite environment was 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.

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Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

By far the best exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art I have seenJonathan Jones, Guardian

The Pre-Raphaelites are revealed as the cutting edge of artRachel Campbell-Johnston, Times

Public comments from Tate's Facebook page and Twitter

I went...highly recommend it....cried my eyes out Rossetti....The Beloved took my breath away! 
It is amazing! Anyone who hasn't seen #PreRaphs must go check it out. Beauty, extraordinary beauty & skill. For of the best hours of my life! 
Visited the Pre-Raphs at Tate in 2012. Awesome!

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12 September 2012 – 13 January 2013

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