If you happen to be in New York the Metropolitain Museum of Art is showing The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy British Art and Design from May 20-October 26, 2014. The Pre-Raphaelites were the bad boys of the Victorian art community and as an aside, were also responsible for reintroducing the sandal as acceptable footwear. Fortunately the strength of their abilities makes up for this fashion foible. Inspired by medieval and Renaissance art from before the time of Raphael they attempted and in many cases succeeded in producing art that was vivid, sincere and uplifting. The show consists of some 30 objects from the Museum and from private collections and focuses on the second generation Pre-Raphaelites Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Works on display include paintings, drawings, furniture, ceramics, stained glass, textiles and book illustrations. While the Pre-Raphaelites influenced later art movements such as the Symbolists, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Surrealism they also, through the home furnishings produced by William Morris’ Morris and Company strongly influenced furniture and textile design.

Summer 2014


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