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National Gallery of Art opens Pre-Raphaelites. Victorian Art and Design

Submitted by on February 21, 2013 – 4:30 pm

National Gallery of Art presents Pre-Raphaelites. Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900 on view from February 17–May 19, 2013.

John Everett Millais, Ophelia, 1851-1852. Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 111.8 cm (30 x 44 in.) Tate. Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894.

The first major survey of the art of the Pre-Raphaelites to be shown in the United States features some 130 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and decorative art objects. The young members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, formed in 1848, shook the art world of mid-19th-century Britain by rejecting traditional approaches to painting. Combining scientific precision, an innovative approach to subject matter, and brilliant, clear colors, Pre-Raphaelitism was Britain’s first avant-garde art movement.


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