Pre-Raphaelite

Edward Burne-Jones: Portrait of Maria Zambaco

Portrait of Maria Zambaco: Edward Burne-Jones

This is an 1870 Portrait of Pre-Rathaelite model Maria Zambacoby painted by British artist Edward Burne-Jones. Edward Burne-Jones was associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of painters in the 19th century, a movement that promoted a Medieval style of art as an alternative to the influence of the Renaissance. Burne-Jones also advocated Aestheticism, or the pursuit …

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John Everett Millais: Portrait of Sophie Gray

Portrait of Sophie Gray: John Everett Millais

In 1857 English Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais painted a Portrait of Sophie Gray, the sister of Millais’s wife and muse Effie Gray. Millais exploits the decorative nature of the long tresses of Sophie’s hair which frame a face that is self-possessed and confidently looks out at the viewer and could almost be mistaken as …

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Charles Allston Collins: The good harvest of 1854

The good harvest of 1854: Charles Allston Collins

British painter Charles Allston Collins became a friend of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood after meeting John Everett Millais during the 1840s. Collins quickly became influenced by their style and that is especially notable in The good harvest of 1854 which was exhibited at the Royal Academy a year after its completion in 1855. Here we see …

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Herbert Gustave Schmalz: Zenobia's last look on Palmyra

Herbert Gustave Schmalz: Zenobia’s last look on Palmyra

Zenobia’s last look on Palmyra is an 1888 historical painting by English Pre-Raphaelite painter Herbert Gustave Schmalz. The picture depicts Zenobia, the Queen of the Palmyrene Empire which was a breakaway state in modern-day Syria that temporarily gained independence from Rome. However, she was defeated by the Roman Emperor Aurelian and her ultimate fate is …

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