Women in Pre-Raphaelite paintings are very different from the conventional Victorian ideal of women as subservient to man. Rossetti and Burne-Jones depicted women as powerful, cruel beings who used their beauty and their sexuality to tempt and destroy men.
Pre-Raphaelite women also looked different. Rossetti's heroines had the distinctive features of Jane Morris with her statuesque figure, full lips and long wavy hair. Burne-Jones' preferred models were tall, thin and looked neither masculine nor feminine.
A number of the women involved in the Pre-Raphaelite circle, such as Marie Stillman, were artists themselves.
Gallery of Pre-Raphaelite women drawings and watercolours