The Pre-Raphaelite Heavenly Vision

William Morris & Co., Peacock and Dragon fabric (detail) (1878)

January 6 - December 30, 2019    |    Regular Exhibition

The 19th century British Pre-Raphaelite movement was dedicated to restoring the visionary quality of early Medieval art and thought to a Victorian sensibility. Their artworks gushed a cascade of luminous symbols and mythological themes, all rigidly enclosed by a sinuous bounding line. For such refined and transcendental symbolism, look no further than William Morris’s exquisite Peacock and Dragon tapestry, and Edward Burne-Jones’ elegant Portrait of a Young Woman.

The Pre-Raphaelites assimilated Greek myth, the Bible, Romantic literature and Christian martyrology as their primary subject matter. The presented Pre-Raphaelite artworks from our permanent collection also include drawings by Sir William Blake Richmond, Ford Maddox Brown, John William Waterhouse, Sir John Everett Millais, among others.

Curated by Allen Bentley and John Leroux and organized by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery