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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

Painting of woman

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


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…

Competition: Watch Effie Gray at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

12 November 2014 by Felicity

Emma Thompson (left) and Dakota Fanning (right) star in Effie Gray

Emma Thompson (left) and Dakota Fanning (right) both star in Effie Gray

Could there be a better place to watch the recently released film ‘Effie Gray’, telling the story of the famous Victorian love triangle involving Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Millais, than the main hall of the Lady Lever Art Gallery? Read more…

Forever blowing bubbles at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

8 May 2014 by Laura

Painting of a young boy

Bubbles by Millais

While nervous Liverpool fans pray that West Ham can deliver them a helpful victory over Manchester City this weekend, they may be surprised to know that the Lady Lever Art Gallery holds a very special piece of footballing history connected to the Hammers. Read more…

Happy 180th Ned!

22 August 2013 by Laura

Painting of an angel

Birthday cake decorated with artist’s own work

It’s a special day next week. On Wednesday 28 August it will be 180th birthday of Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones, and we’re celebrating in style at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, with a giant birthday cake for our visitors! Read more…

Timeless beauty

31 July 2013 by Laura

Make-up applied in front of paintingHave you ever wanted to get the look of  a ‘Pre-Raphaelite beauty’? We asked So Coco Rouge to create a  makeover, inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite style! Sian-Louise Auld from the Liverpool beauty salon has given us some tips below on how you too can achieve this timeless look: Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite Festival

24 June 2013 by Louise

Picture of a painting showuing an angel leading Dante to his dying lover Isabelle

‘Dante’s Dream’, Rossetti, 1871

With ‘The Drawing of Edward Burne-Jones‘ now open at the Lady Lever Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite art is some of the best loved around. Here at the museums, we’ve just published a new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool‘. Written by Laura MacCulloch, the book gives a neat overview of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which began in 1848 and details some of the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite works in the National Museums Liverpool collection. Read more…

A tale of two dinners at Walker Art Gallery

6 June 2013 by Laura

(From L to R) 'Isabella' by Millais and 'The Dinner Party' by Walsh.

(From L to R) ‘Isabella’ by Millais and ‘The Dinner Party’ by Walsh.

Did you know that ‘The Dinner Party’ (1980) by Sam Walsh was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painting, ‘Isabella’, (1848-49) by John Everett Millais?  Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite mini festival

30 April 2013 by Louise

A painting of people gathered around a dining table

A manifesto in paint – Millais’ Isabella

While the artworks that took their places on our gallery walls undeniably have their charms, it’s good to have some of our best Pre-Raphaelite paintings back from loan. Liverpool is blessed with a fine Pre-Raphaelite collection and tradition – we had our own Pre-Raph school – and it seems only fair to spread the wealth, as it were, and allow those who aren’t lucky enough to live here to borrow some of the highlights for a while.

Visitors to the Lady lever will no doubt have missed that perennial favourite, Holman Hunt’s The Scapegoat. The Walker, despite its positive embarassment of Pre-Raphaelite treasures, is definitely the richer for the return of Millais’ Isabella; a painted manifesto of the aims of the Brotherhood itself.

The return of these and other gems makes it a perfect time to visit our three galleries, and not least because we’re running something of a mini Pre-Raph festival to celebrate. Whether you’re relatively new to the genre, or know your Williamson from your Rossetti, there’s a gallery talk or tour for you, covering everything from an introduction to the Brotherhood to the crafting of a replica frame for The Scapegoat. Along with the forthcoming Edward Burne-Jones exhibition, and our extensive collection, there’s a lot to see. Read more…

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