Lecture by Dr Ayla Lepine, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Religon and Religious Pre-Raphaelites’, July 29

Venue: John Peek Conference Room, Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham – Lecture starts at 11.00 a.m. Reception from 10.30am.

From the outset, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their close associates sought to create new ways of interpreting Christianity through their radical work. This lecture draws upon a cluster of well-known and lesser-known artworks by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and Edward Burne-Jones, exploring contrasting paths that each artist took towards uncovering innovative approaches to religious subjects in their work. Two figures – a mother and son – will form a framework for considering these fresh perspectives on religious imagery in the midst of a profound set of shifting factors in the art world, theology, and British society that made the Pre-Raphaelite renewal of a religious vision particularly revolutionary. By studying how these artists depicted Christ and the Virgin Mary, new understandings of the Incarnation and the Mother of God emerge in order to demonstrate that these four artists, in their own bespoke way, did nothing less than counter-culturally preach with paint.

Dr Ayla Lepine is a Visiting Fellow in the Art History Department at the University of Essex. Following her PhD on the Gothic Revival at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Ayla held fellowships at the Courtauld and Yale, and has taught, lectured, and published widely. She focuses on Victorian sacred art and architecture in Britain and is completing a book on medieval impacts upon modern cities.

For further details relating to the event mentioned above please email info@Pre‑Raphaelitesociety.org.

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