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Pre-Raphaelite Painting and Nineteenth-Century Realism (Hardback)
  • Pre-Raphaelite Painting and Nineteenth-Century Realism (Hardback)

Pre-Raphaelite Painting and Nineteenth-Century Realism (Hardback)

Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 07/03/2005
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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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521824682
Number of pages: 300
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 253 x 177 x 24 mm

' ... 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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