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Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters

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In 1848, seven British artists formed a secret alliance and declared themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Including William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, these young men rebelled against the style of art emulated by many of their nineteenth-century contemporaries, praising instead the works of earlier artists who preceded the Renaissance master Raphael and his followers—the “Raphaelites.” Known today for their jewellike palettes, finely detailed renderings, and highly symbolic subjects, the Pre-Raphaelites admired poetry and literature; early Italian and early Netherlandish art; tempera painting techniques; tapestries, stained glass, and other decorative arts; and, eventually, even works from sixteenth-century Venetian artistswho could be construed as “Post-Raphaelites.”

Published on the occasion of a major exhibition at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters is the first scholarly volume to focus extensively on the Pre-Raphaelites and their historical sources. Seven main essays and ten focus essays contextualize the compelling affinities and captivating juxtapositions between the earlier and later artists. A catalogue of more than one hundred twenty beautiful plates offers readers the unique opportunity to draw comparisons between the rich imagery of the Pre-Raphaelites and the artists who inspired them. Hardcover, 258 pages.