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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (5 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849760152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849760157
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an authoritative and beautifully produced survey that will surely stand the test of time --The Good Book Guide

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Combining rebellion and revivalism, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood shook the mid-nineteenth-century art world and were effectively Britain's first modern art movement. Led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelites rebelled against the art establishment of their day and were committed to the idea of art's potential to change society. Their unflinchingly radical style, inspired by the purity of early renaissance painting, defied convention, provoked critics and entranced audiences.
Accompanying a major international touring exhibition, this book examines works in a wide variety of media, demonstrating the broad scope of the movement's revolutionary ideas about art, design and society. Many of the most famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings are featured, including Millais' Ophelia and Madox Brown's The Last of England, alongside less familiar works. In contrast with previous Pre-Raphaelite, surveys, sculpture, photography and the applied arts are also included, the latter showing the important role the Brotherhood played in the early development of the Arts and Crafts movement and the socialist ideas of the poet, designer and theorist, William Morris. Extensively illustrated, with essays by leading international authorities in the field, this will be the key work on the Pre-Raphaelites for years to come.

Exhibitions:
Tate Britain, London: 12 September 2012 - 13 January 2013
National Gallery of Art, Washington: February - May 2013
Pushkin Museum, Moscow: June - September 2013
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo: January - March 2014

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hawthorn on 12 Nov 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you like the Pre-Raphaelites then this is certainly worth getting. I've not had a chance to see the exhibition or read through all the essays but this is a nicely produced volume and I have greatly enjoyed looking at the reproductions and reading up about the individual paintings.

My two major criticism (hence 4 & not 5 stars) are:
* why not print landscape pictures as landscape. As it is they are rather small surrounded by acres of white space making them hard to 'see'.
* I would like more information about what each picture is actually 'about'. A lot about who and when but not so much about 'what'. Actually knowing what the PRB were drawing from really enhances my appreciation of the artwork.

Overall I would recommend buying this before going to exhibition but that's a personal 'thing'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Champollion VINE VOICE on 28 Dec 2012
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Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-garde accompanies the exhibition currently at Tate Britain and sets a high standard in providing the perfect catalogue to one of the best collections of any British art movement assembled in this country.

Tim Barringer and Jason Rosenfield have written one of the best introductions to the Pre-Raphaelite movement and its component parts including its historical and modern perspective, the main players, the 'sisterhood' and its considerable mystique. Alison Smith has written an excellent section on medium and method which reveals how the different artists created their work.

The main section of the book provides an excellent guide to all the paintings, drawings, sculptures, wallpaper designs and various other objects including a sumptuously painted wardrobe. As you can see from the two hundred exhibits the curator has successfully, in my view, presented not only this collection but also the movement in a single embracing theory.

An excellent exhibition for which this book is an essential accompaniment to it. For those who could not see them in person, this is the next best thing.Recommended.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Smith on 29 Oct 2012
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On a recent visit to a Nordic country I met a Professor of Aesthetics who had never heard of the Pre-Raphaelites! Is this the book for her? Is it, as claimed by the publishers, "the definitive book on Pre-Raphaelitism for the 21st century"? The book is the catalogue of a popular exhibition at the Tate Britain that will also be seen in Russia, USA and Japan. In contrast to many catalogues, the book is organised thematically rather than by artist. The 8 sections are: origins, manifesto, history, nature, salvation, beauty, paradise and mythologies, each of which has a short introduction. The names suggest that the authors were struggling a bit to find a theme, or series of themes. Two initial chapters deal with the idea that the Pre-Raphaelites were an artistic avant-garde (Barringer & Rosenfeld), and with the techniques they used to achieve their characteristic effects (Smith). A final section concerns the Pre-Raphaelite legacy and is written by one of the world's leading experts, Elizabeth Prettejohn. The rest of the book is a series of descriptions of the works illustrated, which in general are quite good, though a bit uneven in quality, and quite often rather short.
The book has over 200 illustrations in colour that are, on the whole, printed fairly well. As always, the larger the size of the image, the better it is. Several of the smaller images are less sharp and are difficult to appreciate; some are too dark and a few have an odd colour balance. But the larger images mostly show good colour accuracy and are sharp.
The book seeks to persuade us that the Pre-Raphaelites were avant-garde in many respects, in their paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, applied arts and also in literature and political theory.
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By guy on 21 Feb 2014
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Did not receive the book as described, instead i received POST CARDS with images from the book.
what a waste!
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By Leanne on 9 Nov 2013
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Great book for anyone who wants to learn about the Pre-Raphaelites, I know I will refer to it often. one
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