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PRE RAPHAELITE

Pre-Raphaelite

The Pre-Raphaelite movement which actually came 400 years after Raphael's birth was a brotherhood of artists that were attempting to re-capture the style, simplicity and subject matter of the early Italian art preceding Raphael. These young English artists followed a set of structured aims to further their brotherhood, which many of their contemporaries believed were clearly anti-progressive and simply ludicrous.

The Pre-Raphaelite movement was co-founded by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. He felt that as an artist he needed to have a "fidelity to nature" that had been lost in art since Raphael. This young revolutionary group of painters quickly dissolved as they matured, and the Pre-Rapaelite movement ended as quickly as it began. Nevertheless, the ideals and philosophy of the movement have continued to emerge as other artists embrace the possibilities of the movement.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Charles Dickens despised the Pre-Raphaelites so much that he called their work in his periodical Household Words, "mean, odious, revolting and repulsive."?

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