What is the course about?
The Pre-Raphaelites shocked Victorian England. We’ll look at all seven original members, with specific focus on key works by Dante Gabriel Rosetti, John Millais, and Holman Hunt. We’ll trace the history of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood through the two incarnations of the movement (its inception in 1848, and how it looked by the 1860s with William Morris and Burne-Jones). As well as exploring members’ relationships with one another, with models/artists, their writer and artist peers, and art critics (e.g. Frith, Ruskin, Dickens, Lizzie Siddall, Ford Madox Brown, Julia Margaret Cameron and so on), we’ll investigate how their art reflected life through key themes (prostitution, religion, the transformation of society) Finally, we’ll discuss the group’s enduring legacy in art and design.
What will we cover?
- The Origins and History of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement from the 1840s to late 1860s
- Close analysis of key works
- The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in its socio-cultural context
- The legacy of the Pre-Raphaelites in art and design.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe in brief the origins and history of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement
- Identify and interpret key works by the Pre-Raphaelites
- List key themes in the Pre-Raphaelites’ work and how these reflected Victorian society
- Give examples of artists/ movements inspired by them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with slide presentations, group discussions, and short group exercises.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB140 / VB816 - Art evolutions: Pre-Raphaelites to Expressionism
• VB858 - Women in art 1800-1900
• VB443 - From Arts and Crafts to Art Deco.