Tate Britain Exhibition

Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

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 seen
Jonathan Jones, Guardian

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

Public comments from Tate's Facebook page and Twitter

I went...highly recommend it....cried my eyes out too...love 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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