Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From the NGV Collection. 11 April – 12 July 2015, NGV International. FREE ENTRY
In 1848 seven young artists working in London formed The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. They rejected prevailing artistic conventions of nineteenth-century Britain and turned the art world upside down. They quickly attained a reputation for being radical and rebellious, yet their style and powerful imagery eventually gained credence. Their acute aesthetic changed artistic taste in Britain forever.
The NGV’s holdings of works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are world renowned. They are richly varied and include paintings, prints, decorative arts, furniture, stained-glass windows and lavish book designs. The collection reflects the role of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, artists’ place in the development of the illustrated book and their profound influence on later generations of artists.
The NGV has been consistently acquiring Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood works since the 1880s and the NGV’s collection has recently been significantly augmented with a number of key works, including the portrait of the Baroness Deslandes by Edward Burne-Jones as well as preliminary drawings for this painting, a stained-glass window designed by Burne-Jones and a posthumous portrait of an Australian boy by John Everett Millais.
Medieval Moderns: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood will not only focus on the collecting of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by the NGV, but also include key works held by private collectors and in public institutions in Melbourne. Comprising around 100 works, this will be the first comprehensive exhibition of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood held in Melbourne for more than forty years.