Friday Night Gallery Chat, Pre-Raphaelite Visions

“A Pale Green Mermaid Blog”


Pre-Raphaelite Artists are a strong influence in my art and a small but important movement.  One of the largest collections (outside the United Kingdom) is housed in the Delaware Art museum located in Wilmington, Delaware ( VP Joe Bidden’ s Home state!)  About 30-45 min ride from Philly, PA.

Well worth the trip – Long wood Gardens  ( great light /garden show) is just down the street as well as Winterthur Gardens (old Dupont estate) and on the way out you can  hit the Brandywine Museum (Andrew Wyeth et al) in Chadds Ford! 

Back to business, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was a group of artists whose work stood as a reaction against the materialist idealism of impressionism (and other art of the day) as they sought a return to the brilliance of colors and individualism of composition seen during the Medieval period of art.

Their extensive use of symbols such as the rose influenced the formation of the Symbolist movement.


 What do you think the fruit in this painting represents?

Persephone, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.



Early doctrines

 The Brotherhood’s early doctrines were expressed in four declarations:

  1. To have genuine ideas to express;
  2. To study Nature attentively, so as to know how to express them;
  3. To sympathise with what is direct and serious and heartfelt in previous art, to the exclusion of what is conventional and self-parodying and learned by rote;
  4. And, most indispensable of all, to produce thoroughly good pictures and statues.

These principles are deliberately non-dogmatic, since the Brotherhood wished to emphasise the personal responsibility of individual artists to determine their own ideas and methods of depiction. Influenced by Romanticism, they thought that freedom and responsibility were inseparable. Nevertheless, they were particularly fascinated by medieval culture, believing it to possess a spiritualand creative integrity that had been lost in later eras.      FROM WIKIPEDIA


Have a great Holiday!


For more research google, /flowersinart/preraphaelite

 Sorry that was a piece of fruit ! I need to get a pair of glasses!


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