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Pre-Raphaelite Painting and Nineteenth-Century Realism

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  • Date Published: March 2005
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2016
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521824682

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  • This book reconsiders and revises our understanding of Pre-Raphaelite painting: its philosophy of art, its sources, its cohesiveness, and its relationship to the broader context of contemporary European Realism. Challenging several long-standing beliefs about the movement, which is often characterized as a disparate group who pursued divergent, even antithetical goals, Marcia Werner proposes that the Pre-Raphaelites developed and shared an artistic philosophy comprehensive enough to embrace all of their differences. Werner reconstructs this credo through careful study of writings by Pre-Raphaelite artists. She also examines unexplored and neglected contemporary intellectual and philosophical sources, particularly those of J. S. Mill and Thomas Carlyle, whose work is shown to be critical to an understanding of Pre-Raphaelite painting. Supporting her ideas through sustained analyses of key works, the author also argues that John Ruskin's importance to the Pre-Raphaelites has been misunderstood and overstated.

    • Establishes a comprehensive theory of early Pre-Raphaelite art
    • Identifies Pre-Raphaelitism as a distinctly English expression of Realism, reflecting British artistic and philosophical heritage
    • Uncovers previously neglected sources for early Pre-Raphaelite art, and re-evaluates the purported contribution of John Ruskin
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    ' … this is a fascinating book, which is argued very convincingly because it is so carefully based on empirical research and primary sources … Werner's arguments will probably stand the test of time.' The Art Book

    'It is already proving a stimulating addition to my students bibliographies and must become essential reading for scholars, students and lay enthusiasts alike - anyone interested in the thought, art or culture of nineteenth-century Europe.' True Principles

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521824682
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 182 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.825kg
    • contains: 58 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print July 2016
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theory:
    1. Received opinion
    2. John Ruskin
    3. Modern Painters I: The theoretic faculty
    4. Modern Painters II: the imaginative faculty
    5. Ruskin's Pre-Raphaelitism
    6. Pre-Raphaelite assessment of Ruskin's influence
    7. The Germ
    8. William Michael Rossetti: history and time in Pre-Raphaelite art
    9. The interconnection of sacred and secular in Pre-Raphaelitism
    10. William Michael Rossetti's review articles
    11. John Stuart Mill: utilitarianism and the British Empire
    12. Thomas Carlyle and The Oxford and Cambridge Magazine
    Part II. Practice:
    13. The shared vision of Pre-Raphaelite realism
    14. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and French realism
    15. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: realism in early Pre-Raphaelite poetry
    16. Hand and Soul and St. Agnes of Intercession
    17. Dante Gabriel Rossetti: paintings and drawings
    18. Found
    19. John Everett Millais
    20. William Holman Hunt
    21. The Lady of Shalott
    22. May Morning on Magdalen Tower
    23. Ford Madox Brown
    24. Work and Cromwell on his Farm.

  • Author

    Marcia Werner, Temple University, Philadelphia
    Marcia Werner is Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History at Temple University in Philadelphia.

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