The Pre- Raphaelite Artists
Famous Painters Associated With The Pre- Raphaelite Movement
Information About the PRB style of Painting
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB) was founded in 1848. The most important artist of the PRB was a handsome and charming painter named Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Rossetti and his associates, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, rejected Neoclassical and High Renaissance art and embraced the spiritually infused works of the Early Renaissance, Byzantine Style and Gothic painters. They sought to create a new artistic style using biblical, mythological, and literary imagery as the subjects of their art-works. Their paintings often contain obscure visual symbols and secret riddles.
The term Pre-Raphaelites refers to High Renaissance artist Raphael. Some members of the PRB referred to Raphael's work as slosh and criticized his decadent themes and perverse lifestyle. Raphael, although one of the greatest painters in the history of art, died of syphilis and was known as a drunkard and carouser. This did not sit well with the PRB painters who believed that only a morally pure artist could produce morally pure art.
John Ruskin, famous Victorian Art Critic and major influence on the PRB cautioned "The picture which has the nobler and more numerous ideas, however awkwardly expressed, is a greater and a better picture than that which has the less noble and less numerous ideas, however beautifully expressed"
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