Palazzo Reale (Milan, Italy): Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
- James Collinson 1825–1881
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 610 x 492 mm
frame: 766 x 655 x 70 mm
- Presented anonymously 1917
The title of this picture and the showiness of the woman looking brazenly at the viewer suggest that she works as a prostitute. The bright colours and brilliant finish reveal Collinson’s Pre-Raphaelite past. He was one of the original members of the Brotherhood but he could not reconcile their ideas with his Catholic faith and he resigned. After a brief period training to become a priest he resumed his artistic career in 1854. His subsequent paintings like this one show anecdotal subjects and moralizing scenes from everyday life – the sort of paintings against which the Pre-Raphaelites rebelled.
Gallery label, July 2007
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