Desperate Romantics

22 July 2009 by Lisa

Painting of a goat in an icy landscape

‘The Scapegoat’ by William Holman Hunt

We like a bit of TV glamour here at National Museums Liverpool, so we’re pretty excited that one of our paintings is going to be featured on a new BBC program!

‘Desperate Romantics’ looks at the lives of the self-titled ‘Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’, which was made up of the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Millais. We have paintings by all three artists in our collections – one of my personal favourites is ‘Dante’s Dream’ by Rossetti, which is at the Walker Art Gallery.

You get all the juicy details of their rise to fame, with episode one following them on their search for a muse. One of our paintings was mentioned in this episode, when art critic John Ruskin compliments a youthful Millais on his painting, ‘Isabella’, which is also at the Walker. 

Each episode features a different painting by the artists and ‘The Scapegoat’ by Holman Hunt, from the Lady Lever Art Gallery will appear in episode four. So look out for it!

You can see a zoomable version of the painting with expert commentary on the BBC’s ‘Desperate Romantics’ website.

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