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John Everett Millais


"go to nature in all singleness of heart"

Romantic British, Victorian Era, Painter and Fine Arts Educator and Member of The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB)

Artistically and stylistically influenced the following painters and art periods;  Early Renaissance,  Frederick Leighton and  William Holman Hunt

Education - John Everett Millais was a child genius and was accepted into the  entered the Royal Academy Schools at age 11

Cause of Death -  Throat cancer


The term Pre-Raphaelites refers to High Renaissance artist Raphael. Some members of the PRB referred to Raphael's work as contrived drivel and criticized his overtly eroticized themes and lifestyle. Dante Rossetti and the other (PRB) artists embraced the thought-provoking artistic style of Gothic and Early Renaissance artists.

The idealistic Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painters wanted to change the world with their art, much like the hippies of the 1960s. They scorned the pretentious conventionality of the Victorian era.  They sought a return to spirituality, courtliness,  brotherly love and religious piousness.  They rebelled against the unbridled materialism and rampant hypocrisy that was typical of the Victorian middle and upper classes. Many of the (PRB) members would spend weekends out in the woods communing with nature and God.

They sought a return to spirituality, courtliness, brotherly love and religious piousness. They rebelled against the unbridled materialism and rampant hypocrisy that was typical of the Victorian middle and upper classes. 

The idealistic young painters sought to created 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.

Famous Artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Movement

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
John Everett Millais
William Holman Hunt
Edward Robert Hughes
John William Godward
John William Waterhouse 
Lord Frederic Leighton
Edward Burne-Jones
Walter Howell Deverell



Key Descriptive Words  and Phrases associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood  -  Quattrocento art, mythology, the classical world,  Pre-Raphaelite Journal, Margaret Gatty,  medieval era, mermaids, Florentine art, spiritually significant,, The Germ, idealized biblical themes, Jewish folklore,  19th century, avant-garde movement, Raphael,   Romantic poetry,  Goethe, Old Testament stories, ethereal and foggy backgrounds, mythology, history painting, 1848, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, John Keats, Shakespeare, Coventry Patmore, Charles Dickens, Tennyson, romanticized landscapes, Christian symbolism, Cyclographic Club, Early Renaissance painting,


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