The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: From Beauty to Symbolism with Hattie Bennett

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: From Beauty to Symbolism with Hattie Bennett


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The art produced by Edward Burne-Jones and his circle was intended as the ultimate portrayal of beauty and with the establishment in 1848 of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a new aesthetic was born. Private galleries provided exhibition space for art that did not conform to the academic strictures of the Royal Academy and the English avant-garde flourished. For the first time in British, Art painters tried to capture a mood with color, line, and subject. This theme was developed by James McNeill Whistler, who gave his paintings musical titles and endured a long and expensive court battle with Ruskin, the great critic over his painting Nocturne in Black and Gold, arguably one of the first abstract paintings in art.

In this conversation, we will look at examples of art by D G Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, G F Watts, J W Waterhouse, and J M Whistler and trace the development of movements from core Pre-Raphaelite motifs to symbolism and the cult of beauty and "Art for Art's sake".  

Led by an expert on Art History, Hattie Bennett, this interactive seminar will follow the development of art from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased awareness of the development of the aesthetic movement and symbolism.

For those with a further interest in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Hattie presents another conversation on this topic called The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood: Paintings, Youth, and Radicalism. Participants can take both seminars together, or choose to just pick one individually.

Hattie has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors, she has a life-long passion and fascination in Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly works produced in Europe from the 16th to 18th century. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th-century prints and drawings. Hattie has worked for London's foremost framer of important old master paintings during which time she sharpened her appreciation and understanding of the decorative arts and the changing tastes of collecting. Recently she has been dealing in prints and works of art as well as taking groups of all ages to museums and galleries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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