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Philanthropy, patrons and the Pre-Raphaelites

20 April 2016 by Lynn

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Emma Gilbertson shares her discoveries on the history of patronage that is fundamental to our collections, museums and galleries.

“One of the things I’ve learned during my time at National Museums Liverpool is that it is full of stories about collectors, benefactors and patrons. They have shaped both the buildings we are housed in, and our collections which are some of the best in the world.

If you have visited our ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, you may have come across the Liverpool-based merchant John Miller, a significant patron of the movement. An avid collector, Miller reputedly bought so much art that he didn’t have enough hanging space for it all. He supported many Pre-Raphaelite artists including Ford Madox Brown and John Everett Millais. Read more…

Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’

6 April 2016 by Lisa

Mystery of Faith', Simeon Solomon.

‘Mystery of Faith’, Simeon Solomon.

Pride and Prejudice Project Researcher, Lynn Wray, gives her opinion on why Simeon Solomon’s ‘Mystery of Faith’, best encapsulates the spirit of ‘Beauty and Rebellion’ in the Walker Art Gallery’s exhibition exploring Liverpool’s role in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.

“Simeon Solomon was both famously beautiful and infamously rebellious. Born in London in 1840, he became particularly attracted to Christian themes despite his Jewish upbringing. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite Rainbows!

17 March 2016 by Laura

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Walton-on-the-Naze, 1860 by Ford Madox Brown (Birmingham Museums Trust)

This week museums all over the world have been taking part in #MuseumRainbow on social media. It’s been wonderful to see all kinds of unique collections shared globally in this joyful way.

Inspired by all the bright colours that have filled my computer screen, it felt like the right time to share one of the stories behind a striking painting featured in the Walker’s exhibition, ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ (open till 5 June 2016). Read more…

Meeting Mr Miller – our new research on a Pre-Raphaelite patron

3 March 2016 by Felicity

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Waiting: an English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5, by Ford Madox Brown, was acquired by John Miller. © Walker Art Gallery

Ahead of an exciting free lecture taking place at the Gallery on Saturday, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, shares some of the findings of her research into Liverpool collector John Miller: Read more…

Mother’s Day ideas at National Museums Liverpool

1 March 2016 by Laura

Mother’s Day is just round the corner. The shops are full of gift ideas but they’re not terribly inspiring or original.

The woman who gave us life, blew our noses, read us stories and waved us off to that music festival with a determined smile but unmistakable look of fear behind the eyes (…just me?), deserves something special.

So we’ve come up with a few ways to spoil your mum this year and because all mums are different we’ve tried to think of something for everyone…

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Art criticism in the Pre-Raphaelite era

26 February 2016 by Lisa

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Ann Bukantas being interviewed about ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ for BBC North West Tonight.

Our Pre-Raphaelites exhibition seems to have got journalists very excited. We’ve seen national previews, a four-star review in the Liverpool Echo and a flame-haired beauty adorning the cover of The Big Issue North!

While Pre-Raphaelite art is very popular today, it was not always warmly received by the media of its time, with the movement’s bold and imaginative work often regarded as challenging or outrageous.

‘They were the punk rockers of their day – subversive, rule-breaking, dangerous’ – Mark Brown, The Guardian, 2016

Here our curator, Ann Bukantas, looks at some of the art critics and publications that surrounded the Pre-Raphaelite movement: Read more…

Our top six gifts for Pre-Raphaelite fans

11 February 2016 by Lisa

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We’ve found that fans of the Pre-Raphaelite movement are some of the most passionate art lovers out there!

Whether you’re a Pre-Raphaelite buff yourself or you know someone who loves all things Rossetti,  we have plenty to browse in our Pre-Raphaelites online shop. Read more…

The Pre-Raphaelites, definitely beautiful and most certainly rebellious!

4 February 2016 by Ann

The English Boy, 1860, Ford Madox Brown © Manchester City Galleries

The English Boy, 1860, Ford Madox Brown © Manchester City Galleries

The countdown has begun to the opening of our breath-taking exhibition Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion on 12 February at the Walker Art Gallery. Installation of the works is underway and the excitement is building..

Among the 120 paintings to be displayed are familiar faces including Manchester Art Gallery’s The English Boy and Rossetti’s glorious Monna Vanna from the collection at Tate.  There’s also wonderful pictures by local artists who were influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite ideals. Burd Helen by William L. Windus (pictured below) and painted in 1856, is a lovely example, and was described by John Ruskin as “a great Pre-Raphaelite painting”, he went on to state it was “thoughtful and intense to the highest imaginative power”. Read more…

Exhibitions to beat the winter blues

7 January 2016 by Laura

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In The Grass, Arthur Hughes © Museums Sheffield. From the ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion’ exhibition.

January blues seem to be an inevitable come down after the festive season. Back to work, feeling broke and all those resolutions which seemed such a good idea at the time and are now just making you feel worse about yourself as you struggle to achieve them.

It’s this time of the year when you need to look forward and plan ahead and luckily we have a bumper year of exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool which might go some way to cheer you up! Read more…

Religion in Art: A focus on William Holman Hunt

24 February 2015 by Megan

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The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, Holman Hunt

Holman Hunt was born in 1827 and died in 1910. Around 1848 he helped form the highly influential group of artists called The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, along with John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. One of his aims in painting pictures such as The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple was to create a piece of religious art for the Victorian age. Read more…



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