Art Talk: "Victorian Artistic Rebels: The Pre-Raphaelites," by Ellen Harden
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John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, "Love and the Maiden," 1877. Oil and gold leaf on canvas, 55 1/2 x 81 in. (141 x 205.7 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum purchase, European Art Trust Fund, Grover A. Magnin Bequest Fund and Dorothy Spreckels Munn Bequest Fund, 2002.176
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
In 1848—a year of political revolution across Europe—seven young Englishmen formed an artistic alliance aspiring to rebel against the contemporary Victorian art world. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, including William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, defied idealized figures popularized by Raphael and other High Renaissance artists to reflect the simplicity, spirituality, and beauty they found in late medieval and early Renaissance art. Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters is the first major exhibition to juxtapose examples by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with works that inspired its members, including Italian old masters Fra Angelico and Pietro Perugino and their Northern contemporaries Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.
The Art Talks program features entertaining, educational art talks delivered by museum docents, available on location to community groups throughout the Bay Area and on site at the de Young and the Legion of Honor.
Free after general museum admission. No reservations.
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