Noted for its vivid colours, elaborate use of symbols, and dedication to close observation of the natural world, the work of the Pre-Raphaelite artists combines a deep engagement with the past and a modern realism that exemplifies the concerns of the age of steam travel. Now in a revised edition, Reading the Pre-Raphaelites traces the history of this artistic movement. Individual chapters provide core concepts for understanding the Pre-Raphaelite engagement with medieval revivalism, truth to nature, modern life, the reconciliation of the religious image and realism in the nineteenth century, and the transition from Pre-Raphaelitism to the Aesthetic Movement.
Tim Barringer draws on an imaginative selection of paintings, drawings and photographs to suggest that the dynamic energy of Pre-Raphaelitism arose out of the paradoxes at its heart. Past and present, historicism and modernity, symbolism and realism, as well as the tensions between city and country, men and women, worker and capitalist, coloniser and colonised all make appearances within Pre-Raphaelite art. By focusing on these issues, Barringer draws together the strands of revisionist thought on the Pre-Raphaelites and provides a range of stimulating new interpretations of their work.
Beautifully illustrated with ninety colour and thirty black and white reproductions, the revised edition of this authoritative survey includes new sections on photography as well as an updated introduction and bibliography.
Dimensions: 16.4 x 23.4 x 1.3cm
Format: Paperback, 192 pages