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#PRBDay Results

tumblr_mdvsjhjM8T1rbyvgco1_500Although this post is rather delayed, due to my attendance at the marvellous Pre-Raphaelite conference in Oxford last weekend, I thought a summary of the results of the #PRBDay vote on twitter might be in order. The voting went on all day, with many enjoyable virtual chats, and also enhanced by two new poems from our poet-in-residence, Sarah Doyle. The first was ‘On Top’, a fabulous wombat-related poem, while the second celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.

After counting the votes, the results were as follows:

First place: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Beata Beatrix

Joint second place: Proserpine and Lady Lilith (Rossetti), Holman Hunt, The Lady of Shalott, and Elizabeth Siddal’s self-portrait.

Joint third place: Work by Ford Madox Brown, The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis, The Soul of the Rose by JW Waterhouse, Bocca Bacciata by Rossetti, and the newly discovered Red House Genesis.

The votes were spread across 59 paintings by 15 painters. Rossetti was the most popular painter, followed by Millais and then Holman Hunt. This was the same as last year but with votes for different paintings. In fact, last year’s winner, Millais’s Ophelia, received few votes.

There were more votes for women than last year, but still only 3! (Elizabeth Siddal, Julia Margaret Cameron and Evelyn de Morgan).

Many lovely Pre-Raphaelite bloggers joined in the celebrations, and you can read their posts here:

http://cultureandanarchy.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/celebrating-25-years-of-the-pre-raphaelite-society/      http://artisticdress.wordpress.com/2013/09/08/a-fashionable-hunt/


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The Scapegoat by Deborah Freeman

the-scapegoat-1856Sisters. Art. Zionism. And of course – a goat.

Rehearsed reading. Sunday 17th Feb 2013, 2.30pm. Jewish Museum, Camden Town, London.

This new play is inspired by the life and ideas of pre-Raphaelite artist and Christian Zionist, William Holman Hunt. A contemporary tale of two sisters, it is set across the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries, with scenes set in and around several of Hunt`s iconic paintings.

Originally commissioned by Manchester Art Gallery, The Scapegoat was recently read at Tate Britain, in the  ‘Late at Tate’ series  – December 2012.

Playwright: Deborah Freeman The Song of Deborah (The Lowry Centre, Lion & Unicorn, Cockpit Theatre), Candlesticks (Studio Theatre RNCM, Manchester, Lion & Unicorn,) Footprints, (Manchester Jewish Museum,) Xanthippe (Brockley Jack) and FAT (BBC Radio 4). Her poems have appeared in Poetry Review and other journals, and stories in the magazine Stand.

Director:  Tik-sho-ret’s Artistic Director Ariella Eshed. Married to The Game (Theatre 503), Mum, Me (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Mythical Melting Pot (The King’s Head), Ya’akobi and Leidental (The New End, Soho Studio, Oval House) and Crocodile Seeking Refuge (The Lyric Hammersmith).

The writer and director will welcome audience feedback.

Listings:   When: 17 February 2013 at 2.30 pm

Where: The Jewish Museum | Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London, NW1 7NB

Tickets: £8 (including free entry to the Museum galleries)

Booking: 020 7284 7384 | admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Contacts:             Deborah Freeman  |  deborahfreeman1@aol.com  |  07890 544127

Ariella Eshed  |  info@tik-sho-ret.co.uk  |  07961 345 736

Keziah Warner  |  keziahwarner@gmail.com  |  07564 212 701

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Sin and Salvation in Minneapolis

Maria Emmons, a PRS member in the USA, has kindly sent me this review: Recently, I was about to view the “Sin and Salvation: William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision” at the Minneapolis Museum of Arts.
The exhibit begins with paintings from Hunt and other members of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. select paintings like Rossetti’s “Girlhood of Mary HuntShallotlargeVirgin” and “The Bower Meadow” as well as Millais’ “Peace Concluded” and Hughes’ “The Long Engagement,” hang with Hunt’s “The Flight of Madeline and Porphyro”, “Claudio and Isabella”, “Valentine rescuing Sylvia”, and “The Awakening Conscience.” All of these paintings illustrate the Pre-Raphaelite art style as well as show the bond between the artwork and literature, or the art telling a story. Later in the exhibition, much attention is given to Hunt’s interpretation of “The Lady of Shalott” which ties into the rich Pre-Raphaelite literary history established in this first room.
The next room includes portraits that Hunt painted– mainly of family members such as his wife, her sister, his mother in law, and his son. These portraits include the details associated with Hunt’s other works, and the information supplied in the room helps explain much of Hunt’s personal life and relationships.
The third room focuses on Hunt’s visits to the Middle East. Many of these paintings are landscapes of the region and homes in the area. “The Afterglow in Egypt” is splendid in size and detail. Hunt’s interlow1est in religion is emphasized in paintings such as “Our English Countryside”, “The Scapegoat”, “The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple” and “The Shadow of Death.” It is easy to see how visiting the Middle East helped Hunt create authentic settings for his religious paintings.
An interesting aspect of the exhibit was the sharing of Hunt’s Middle Eastern clothes collection including coats, skullcaps, and dresses. These costumes were purchased in Palestine and worn by the family or used as props in the studio.
Many sketches, drawings, and etchings provide insight into the design of artwork or the inspiration that Hunt’s work had on others as they attempted to create a copy to share with the Victorian public so they could have an image in their home.
The last sections of the exhibit focused on two of Hunt’s works: “The Light of the World” and “The Lady of Shalott.” Various versions and sketches show how these two artworks had an effect on the public. It is interesting that these two pieces are chosen,as they seem to do well to represent Hunt’s work overall. One is religious and the other literary in nature, what I would assume were two of Hunt’s main topics when choosing a subject for painting. The attention that Hunt paid to even designing a real lantern for the “Light of the World” painting is astounding. It is clear that the painting had an impact on society. “The Lady of Shallot” was one of my particular favorites to see. The huge canvas draws you into the story as you marvel at the details and symbols included in the painting.
I really enjoyed this exhibit very much. Hunt is generally not one of my favorite Pre-Raphaelites, but it was enjoyable learning more about his personal life and seeing how his interests and travels influenced his work. The exhibit is nicely organized by theme which helps you remember the overall show and information more clearly. It was especially interesting to learn more detail about “Light of the World” and “The Lady of Shallot” through the different versions and sketches presented.
The exhibit was organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada in association with Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom. The exhibit is at the Minneapolis Art Museum until September 6th, 2009. They have timed tickets which cost $8.00 for adults. The catalog of the show is available for $55.00. For more information, visit http://www.artsmia.org/sin-salvation/index.html

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