26. February 2019 - 10:30
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Art History Course: The Pre-Raphaelite Revolution | Leighton House Museum | Tuesday, 26. February 2019

The Course: The Pre-Raphaelite Revolution
A four-week course that celebrates the art, ideas, and lives of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and other artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  
Young, rebellious and idealistic, the Pre-Raphaelites turned their backs on the conventions and sentimentality of Victorian art and championed the traditions of medieval painting, the realistic depiction of nature, and subjects portraying poetry, modern life and romantic love. Their work revolutionised the way that painters viewed the world, while their unconventional relationships and lifestyles  pre-figured modern ideas about artists as Bohemians, living outside the norms of respectable society.  
The course explores the history of the Movement from its origins in the 1840s to its later impact on William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, and also examines the role of women as models, muses and fellow-artists.
All sessions take place in Leighton's grand studio and include light refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuuits) 
Session 1: Tuesday 26 February 2019, 10:30am - 12:30pm           
Origins and Founding of the Brotherhood
Session 2: Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Separate Paths - Millais, Hunt and Rossetti
Session 3: Tuesday 12 March 2019, 10am - 12pm
The Wider Circle - Art, Women and Photography
Session 4: Tuesday 26 March 2019, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Morris and Burne-Jones
Course Tutor: Jo Banham
Jo Banham is a curator and lecturer with over 25 years’ experience of working in museums, directing and creating public programmes and curating exhibitions. Her specialist areas are Victorian art and design and the history of wallpapers. She has run courses at the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain and was previously Curator of Leighton House, and curator of the wallpaper collection at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.  Her publications include a 2 volume Encyclopaedia of Interior Design (1995), and various books on William Morris, Victorian Design, and Historic Wallpapers. She has just finished organising an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement for the Juan March Fundacion in Madrid, and she is also Director of the Victorian Society of America Summer School. 

Image credit: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Donna della Finestra (or Lady of the Window). Coloured chalks on paper, dated 1870, 84.8 x 72.1cm, Bradford Art Gallery