Art History – September

At our meeting on 1st October we will watch a DVD from the BBC ‘History of British Art’ series.  The episode looks at the Pre- Raphaelite movement.  In 1848, seven students at London’s Royal Academy formed a secret society called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB).  The students wanted to move away from the sombre colour palettes, fixed subject matter and rigid conventions taught under the president of the Academy, Sir Joshua Reynolds.  The group admired early Italianate art and were nostalgic for the medieval period believing the art to be freer than their own era.  The Pre-Raphaelite (or ‘before Raphael’) artists painted with close observation to nature, using bright colours and often painting out of doors.  Although they attracted harsh criticism in their time, nevertheless, John Everett Millais’ painting Ophelia is the most looked at art work on the Tate website and the most popular postcard in the shop.  It will be interesting to explore the views of our group in the discussion following the DVD.

Angela Deane.