by Esther Wood


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By Esther Wood

A study of the celebrated Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his circle, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. All of the Pre-Raphaelite artists are explored in Wood’s detailed book, first published in 1894, including Morris, Hunt, Ford, Burne-Jones, and Millais. Wood also considers the relation of the Pre-Raphaelites to poetry, literature, mediaeval romance and mythology, and contemporary culture in late Victorian Britain.

Fully illustrated, with works from Rossetti and all of the Pre-Raphaelite artists. With a full colour cover.

Painters Series. Bibliography and notes.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861716392
Publisher: Crescent Moon Publishing
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Series: Painters Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents


Preface 19

CHAPTER I. 21 The Preparation for Reform in Art.

Constable prophecies the Decay of English Art – The New Impulse from Italy – The English Renaissance of 1850 – Rossetti and the Specialistic Temperament – Classicism of the Eighteenth Century – Influence of the French Revolution – Revival of Romance – Contrast between Mediæval and Modern Romance – Pessimism in Pre-Raphaelite Painting – Nature as a Background – Moral Significance of the Change

CHAPTER II. 33 The Renaissance of the Nineteenth Century.

Childhood of Rossetti – Religious and Literary Influences – Art Training – Conflict between Imagination and Technique – Friendship with Millais and Holman Hunt – The Westminster Hall Competitions – Ford Madox Brown – Influence of Ruskin’s “Modern Painters” – The Early Italian Masters – The Renaissance in Mediæval Europe – Relation of Paganism to Christianity – Revival of Hellenism, and blending of Classic with Romantic Art – Growth of Technique and Return to Convention – The Rule of the Raphaelesque

CHAPTER III. 86 The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The Revolt from the Raphaelesque – Influence of Keats and the Romantic Poets – The Pre-Raphaelite Brothers and their Early work – Travels of Rossetti with Hunt – Publication of “The Germ” – Hunt and Millais in the Royal Academy – Ruskin’s letters to the “Times” – Pre-Raphaelitism at Liverpool – The Pre-Raphaelites as Colourists

CHAPTER IV. 110 Period of Transition.

Influence of Browning and Tennyson – Comparison of Rossetti and Browning – Influence of Dante – Introduction to Miss Siddal – Rossetti’s Water-Colours – Madox Brown and Romantic Realism – The Dispersal of the Brotherhood – Departure of Woolner – Ideals of Portraiture – Rossetti and Public Exhibitions – Death of Deverell – Rossetti’s Friendship with Ruskin – Apostasy of Millais – The Rank and File of the Movement – Relation to Foreign Schools

CHAPTER V. 138 Later Developments of the Movement.

The Pre-Raphaelites as Book-Illustrators – Moxon’s “Tennyson” – The “Oxford and Cambridge Magazine” – The Oxford Frescoes – Oxford Patrons of Millais and Hunt – Departure of Hunt for Palestine – The Pictures of Madox Brown – Further Developments of Rossetti’s Painting – Marriage and Bereavement – “Beata Beatrix” – Replicas – Life at Chelsea – Later Models – Designs for Stained Glass – Visit to Penkill – “Dante’s Dream” – Publication and Reception of the “Poems” – Paintings of Rossetti’s Last Decade – Death at Birchington

CHAPTER VI. 233 Treatment of Religious Subjects.

The Re-birth of Religious Art – “God, Immortality, Duty” – The Pre-Raphaelites and the Reconstruction of Christianity – The Halo

and Scrip,” – The Ballads – “The White Ship,” “The King’s Tragedy,” “Sister Helen,” “Rose Mary,” “The Bride’s Prelude,” “The Blessed Damozel” – “A Last Confession” – “Jenny” – Relation of Rossetti’s Poetry to his Painting

NOTES. 310

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