Exhibition "Love and passion»At the National Gallery of Australia presents 40 of the most famous works from the London Tate Gallery, as well as 40 paintings from other British and Australian collections. Masterpieces such as "Ophelia" by John Everett Millet and William Holman Hunt's "The Awakened Shame" make the exhibition a stunning overview of the work of the Pre-Raphaelites.
In the middle of the XIX century in Britain, a group of rebellious young artists imitated the spirit of painting of the early Renaissance, protesting against the academic canons of their time. They used bright colors, meticulously wrote out all the details and enjoyed the exquisite layers. Pre-Raphaelites drew inspiration from great love stories and literature, as well as the miracle of religious icons. They created a new artistic genre, sometimes poetic and sexy, and sometimes rude, which combined medieval romanticism with modern life — literary scenes, portraits and landscapes rich in symbolism.