We have received a request from a student researching Pre-Raphaelitism and red hair for volunteers to answer the following questions. If you would like to take part, please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What were the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood trying to say with their art?
Have any other painters/art movements used redheads in their work so frequently before the Pre-Raphaelites?
Is there something about the colour red that catches people’s attention in paintings?
Do you think there was a turning point in the acceptance/approval of red hair during the Pre-Raphaelite movement?
Why do you think the artists were so open to using red headed models?
What do you think the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood were trying to do by using models with red hair?
There is a high number of red headed men in Pre-Raphaelite paintings, why do you think this is?
Do you think the red headed men have as much significance as red headed women in Pre-Raphaelites, and why?
Do you think the passion Rossetti had for his models was fuelled by the colour of their hair?
Were people accepting of the Pre-Raphaelites use of red haired models when they first started using Elizabeth Siddal?
Does the story/myth of Siddal’s red hair still being so vibrant when they dug up the grave for the book of poems add or subtract from both Rossetti’s and Siddal’s reputations?