Art from 1848-1907: Pre-Raphaelites

This series of lectures introduces the viewer to the Pre-Raphealite art movement. By looking backwards, the Pre-Raphaelites led British art into the modern era. In 1848, a group of young artists formed “The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood,” a name which sounds intentionally backward-looking and medieval. The Pre-Raphaelites looked back to art before the time of Raphael (before about 1500 that is). Their idea was that the art before Raphael was more sincere, more true to nature and how we see and less formulaic. These artists also embraced a wide range of subjects, including modern life, biblical and literary subjects and history.