Sin and Salvation: William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision is the title of a show of the artist’s paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs and other items (64 objects) opening on June 14 at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
Hunt is one of the three principle founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and along with Sir John Everett Millais, one of my two favorite Pre-Raphaelite painters.
Hunt and Millais imbued their canvasses with brilliant color of almost impressionistic intensity, but restrained within a precise realism that strove to be faithful to nature. Their art was meant to be closer in spirit to medieval art than to the classical compositions and formal poses of the Renaissance, which they saw as exemplified by Raphael, in which nature was sublimated to formal aesthetics; hence the characterization of themselves as “Pre-Raphaelites”.
I wrote an article about William Holman Hunt previously, in which I talked about my admiration for the brilliant, jewel-like quality of his paintings, as in the small but intensely beautiful painting of Isabella and the Pot of Basil that is in the Delaware Art Museum.
The show at the MIA was organized by the Art Gallery of Toronto ad the Manchester Art Gallery in the UK, and borrows heavily from the latter museum’s excellent collection.
The painting shown above, The Scapegoat (large version here) is not in the show, though an alternate version of the same subject, is which the composition features a rather striking rainbow, will be on display.
Sin and Salvation: William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts June 14 to September 6, 2009.
[Via Art Knowledge News]
William Holman Hunt on ArtMagick (gallery and bio)
Art Renewal Center
Wikimedia Commons Gallery
VictorianWeb image links and other information
Artcyclopedia (museum links and other resources)
Delaware Art Museum Pre-Raphaelite Collection
My previous posts:
Sir John Everett Millais
5 Replies to “William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision”
Is it too late to become a post-Raphaelite?
Don’t fancy spending a week painting an area the size of a dime?
That scapegoat artistry is unmatched, the hair especially looks so real.
I would so love to see this exhibit… I didn’t know about it till I read your post. But 1522 miles between here and there. Sigh.
Just got back from London, and while I was thrilled to see Millaisâ€™s â€œOpheliaâ€ at the Tate Britain, I was disappointed to find Waterhouseâ€™s Lady of Shalott was out on loan. Now I know where – too bad, I won’t be traveling to Minneapolis.
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