Posts tagged with 'pre-raphaelite'
‘Liverpool patronage was a little Galapagos’ – exploring the relationship of the Pre-Raphaelites and Liverpool by Rupert Maas
19 May 2016 by Ann
Pre-Raphaelitism has long been associated with Liverpool. The collections of National Museums Liverpool’s art galleries, namely Sudley House, Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Walker Art Gallery include a large number of Pre-Raphaelite works. Many, such as Dante’s Dream by Rossetti and the Scapegoat by Holman Hunt hold an iconic status across the globe. The history of how Liverpool and Port Sunlight came to house these collections is fascinating and diverse and carries an inspiring message of patronage and cultural enlightenment. While there have been many exhibitions exploring the movement’s history, Liverpool’s role had until recently not been explored. Read more…
16 May 2016 by Felicity
Ha-il Kim, a volunteer in our Fine Art department, explores the enduring influence of William Davis’ Corner of a Cornfield:
“The Walker Art Gallery celebrated its centenary in 1977 with an exhibition titled The Liverpool Academy Celebrates the Walker’s 100th Birthday. Curated by Adrian Henri (1932-2000), a poet and artist involved in the Liverpool art scene of the 1960s, the exhibition was intended to highlight the connection between the Liverpool Academy of Arts, the oldest professional artists’ body in Liverpool, and the birth of the Walker Art Gallery. It would also pay tribute to the role the Academy played in various guises in enriching the Gallery’s collection through exhibitions. As such, all the contributing artists were members of the Academy, and their works were inspired by the Walker’s splendid collection. Read more…
5 May 2016 by Felicity
When they weren’t painting pictures, the Pre-Raphaelites wrote a lot of letters. It’s thanks to these that we can get an insight into their characters, learn details about their paintings and, as a bonus, experience the quality of their handwriting. In the blog post, Ann Bukantas, Head of Fine Art at National Museums Liverpool, shares Ford Madox Brown’s letter to art collector George Rae: Read more…
20 April 2016 by Lynn
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…
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…
17 March 2016 by Laura
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…
3 March 2016 by Felicity
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 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…
26 February 2016 by Lisa
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…
We’ve found that fans of the Pre-Raphaelite movement are some of the most passionate art lovers out there!