"Truth and Beauty Reframed": Curator Lecture by Melissa Buron
Left to right: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, "Beata Beatrix," 1871–1872. Oil on canvas, 34 7/16 x 27 1/4 in. (87.5 x 69.3 cm). Art Institute of Chicago, Charles L. Hutchinson Collection, 1925.722. Bernardo Daddi, "A Crowned Virgin Martyr (St. Catherine of Alexandria)," ca. 1340.Tempera and gold leaf on panel, 24 1/4 x 12 in. (61.6 x 30.5 cm). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 61.44.1
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater
Calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), seven artists, including William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, defined a new visual language of truth and beauty against the backdrop of their rapidly industrializing world. Drawing on literary sources, poetry, and scenes from medieval and modern life, the Pre-Raphaelites established themselves as the most radical contemporary aritsts of the Victorian period by engaging in an aesthetic dialogue with art and artists from past centuries, from early Italian art to genres and materials as varied as medieval illuminated manuscripts and stained glass.
Melissa Buron is director of the Art division at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the curator of the exhibition Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters.
This program is free after museum general admission. Seating is first-come, first-served.
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