Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelites
- Wednesday, 30th July 2014, 12.45-1.30pm
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre - Gardens Entrance (Scottish National Gallery)
Stephen Wildman, Director of the Ruskin Library at Lancaster University, has recently produced an edition of Ruskin’s writing about the Pre-Raphaelites. In this talk he will look at Ruskin’s close involvement with the Pre-Raphaelite movement, from his public support for the early paintings of Holman Hunt and Millais to his patronage of Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal and in later years his lasting friendship with Edward Burne-Jones. Through his series of pamphlets entitled Academy Notes, Ruskin was instrumental in the huge success of Pre-Raphaelitism during the 1850s, always commending artists who based their work on a close observation of nature, but he also admired (and purchased) the imaginative Dantesque watercolours of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Hunt’s Light of the World he regarded as one of the greatest sacred paintings of all time, while it was in contrast with Burne-Jones’s exhibits at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877 that he famously took issue with Whistler.
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