The short-lived but highly influential Pre-Raphaelite movement was a reform group of artists and poets founded in 1849. Their main objective in art was to reject the dramatic, artificial Mannerist painting styles succeeding Raphael and Michelangelo (hence the term "Pre-Raphaelite") and to create more genuine, humble representations of their subjects. They painted brightly-colored, evenly-lit scenes with a particular emphasis on romanticism, elaborate detail, medieval history, symbolism, and nature.

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FameEdmund Blair Leighton
Love’s PassingEvelyn De Morgan
Anonymous asked: Who are you? You don't share much of yourself on here but I was just curious.

I’m 21 and female. I currently study sculpture at a university somewhere in the US. I like art and animals. My life has been very busy lately and I haven’t had much time to post here as much as I’d like to, but I’m trying! I promise! ♥

OpheliaWilliam Gale1862
Anonymous asked: what is the impact of their works for themselves and for the society?

Good question! The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood formed as a response to the conditions of Victorian society during the Industrial Revolution, as well as the idea of what constituted art within the Academy. Its founding members were exhausted by the contrived and formulaic approach to painting that the Academy was teaching, so they broke away from tradition in favor of the honesty and directness portrayed in previous art. (John Ruskin once called the paintings of Raphael ‘clear and tasteless poison.’) They found inspiration in unconventional places and communicated their own emotions & personal struggles within their work.

The Pre-Raphaelite movement embodied a sort of underground, do-it-yourself philosophy which operated far outside of the conventional rules and inspired many generations of succeeding artists. Movements like Art Nouveau, the Arts & Crafts Movement, and Aestheticism were all born from the ideas and techniques laid down by Pre-Raphaelites. Their influence spread across countless other creative mediums as well, including literature, architecture, illustration, music, and fashion. While heavily criticized at the time of their prominence and for many years afterward, their work is now regarded as some of the most heartfelt and innovative Western art ever produced.

Zephyrus Wooing FloraHenrietta Raec. 1888
Portrait of Rosalind, Edward Robert Hughes
The Shadow - Edmund Blair Leighton
Night (1870), Edward Burne-Jones
Dante and Beatrice (oil sketch)J. W. Waterhouse 
Mrs. Coventry PatmoreJohn Brett 
Lord Frederick Leighton (1830-1896)The Antique Juggling GirlOil on canvas
Flaming June by Lord Frederic Leighton, 1895
The Blue Bower, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (c. 1865)
Seduction of the Riches, Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale (1901)
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