Monday, March 22, 2010

The Pre-Raphaelites

William Morris, wallpaper pattern

William Morris, Queen Guenevere

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine

John Everett Millais, Ophelia

John Everett Millais, Mariana (and don't forget that tragic, swoon-worthy line from Tennyson's poem of the same name: "He cometh not, she said.")
William Holman Hunt, The Awakening Conscience.
Watched the final episode of Desperate Romantics last night, a mini-series all about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painters - John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. It was quite well done with lots of high drama and gorgeous bohemian interiors. It also reminded me of how much I loved these painters when I was an Arts undergrad. Tragic women with long flowing hair and beautiful gowns? All literary heroines too? Oh yes. Quite the thing for the delicate humanities' students amongst us. So here's a taste of the Pre-Raphaelites and some William Morris too who was late to join the Brotherhood and went on to be a founding figure of the Arts and Crafts Movement.


Diana Kennedy said...

I always loved the Pre-Raphaelites, too. Its romantic, its sensual, its beautiful.

Feronia said...

Exactly! There's so much feeling to it.

Pina said...

Beautiful gowns. :)

Feronia said...

Aren't they!