Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market – 1862 (Feb 27 )
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
A group of English painters, poets and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holmann
Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rosetti
The group’s intention was to reform art by rejecting what they considered to be the
mechanistic approach first adopted by the artists who succeeded the Renaissance (late
15 -early 16 century) Raphael and Michelangelo.
o They believed that the classical poses and elegant compositions of Raphael in
particular had been a corrupting influence on art.
o Hence the name: Pre-Raphaelite.
In contrast, they anted to return to the abundant detail, intense colours and complex
compositions of Italian and Flemish art.
1. Close attention to detail
2. Pictorial modes of representation (painterly or decorative style)
Poetry adapted to the modern world of photography and scientific observations
Intensely realistic depictions
3. The Medieval atmospheres and settings
4. Appreciation of the worlds physical beauty and its expression in lush images
5. Preoccupations with experimental approaches to love as topos (love as topic or of focus,
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