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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish Extravagance!!
This book arrived in perfect condition and very promptly from Amazon. It is an informative book in that it gives the background to the paintings by artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt amongst others. The Pre-Raphaelites is a book of lavish, colourful art.It is priced very reasonably as it has 384 pages. Easy to read and beautiful to...
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I have other books in this series - Arts and Crafts (The World's Greatest Art) is the most interesting - and expected a bit more than this one delivers. The chubby format is a big part of the problem, but also the formula used in the series does not adapt well to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. With a scattered, esoteric genre such as Arts and Crafts or Art Deco (The World's...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish Extravagance!!, 2 Oct 2011
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This book arrived in perfect condition and very promptly from Amazon. It is an informative book in that it gives the background to the paintings by artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt amongst others. The Pre-Raphaelites is a book of lavish, colourful art.It is priced very reasonably as it has 384 pages. Easy to read and beautiful to behold!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A useful summary, 30 Jun 2013
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I have other books in this series - Arts and Crafts (The World's Greatest Art) is the most interesting - and expected a bit more than this one delivers. The chubby format is a big part of the problem, but also the formula used in the series does not adapt well to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. With a scattered, esoteric genre such as Arts and Crafts or Art Deco (The World's Greatest Art), this teatment works well. With the Pre-Raphaelites we need a solid text explaining the origins of the movement, its ideology and influences, and how it became disseminated amongst other artists. The introduction here is not only too slight, it is printed in tiny, faint letters which make it hard to read.

The bulk of the book is made up of pages featuring a painting faced by explanatory notes. These are divided into sections titled 'Movement overview', 'Society', 'Places', 'Influences' and 'Styles and techniques'. With the exception of 'Inflences' these sections appear pretty abitrary, with the accompanying text paying little regard to the alleged theme.

The strength of the book, and its main usefulness to the reader, is in pulling together a very large number of associated paintings, including many by less well-known artists. Unfortunately, the small pages mean that the reproductions are much reduced. With bolder artwork (for example the Fra Angelico and Giotto shown in the 'Influences' section) this doesn't matter. But the distinguishing feature of the movement is the painstaking attention to detail in paintings, and with many of these - not least Holman Hunt's masterpieces of indigestible realism - the small-scale reproduction leaves too much to be desired.

The analysis is weak throughout and you will need to read something else to understand the Pre-Raphaelite movement and its context. I can strongly recommend the very wide-ranging and well-written The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites, which is outstanding at placing the movement in its proper context and features a large number of related artists often omitted from books on the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Raphaelites, book, 28 Aug 2011
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One of a really excellent set of art books...all highly recommended. Authoritive text plus stunning pics. A book to return to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smaller than expected and as detailed, 16 Jun 2014
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This is a good book, lots of good colour pictures, but it's not very big, about half an A5, so some of the pics are hard to see well. AlsoI was hoping for a book that would explain the work in detail, like what story the work depicts and what items in the picture mean. But it only occasionally tells you things about the picture, it mainly focuses on when it was created and more about the artist than the actual work itself. But I still really like. But left me looking else where for more info.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The quality and number of the reproductions almost overcomes the rather limited introductory text, 7 May 2014
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This small book, 17cm x 16cm, contains 384 pages and more than 170 beautiful illustrations that are reproduced in very good colour. Other books in the series consider individual artists, including O’Keeffe, and movements, such as the Bauhaus. As an introduction to Millais and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood it is first class.

The author, Michael Robinson, presents a very brief history of the Pre-Raphaelites that, as has been pointed out, does not benefit from the size and greyness of the type. There is information about the authors on the inside back flap but this is even smaller, making it almost unreadable. This is also true about the legends to the works illustrated in the Introduction.

The other feature about this book is its title that implies that Millais was not a Pre-Raphaelite when, along with Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, he was a founder member. For readers not already familiar with the movement this is confusing and is not helped by the brevity of Robinson’s text.

The central part of the book shows each individual reproduction with the facing page showing the name of the artist, title of the work and its date, a short description about the artist, where the work was created, the medium, an example of related work and the years of the artist’s birth and death. Where more than one work by an individual artist is shown, the biographical texts complement one another.

There are suggestions for Further Reading, an Index by Work and a General Index. The works are presented in sections devoted to ‘Movement Overview’ [offering a ‘snapshot of the whole of the movement’], ‘Society’ [describing the context within which the artists worked and what and how inspired them], ‘Places’ [indicating where the artist created the individual work and what impact it had on their overall oeuvre], ‘Influences’ [identifying earlier painters having the greatest impact on the artist and how the latter, in turn, inspired others] and ‘Styles and Techniques’ [the innovative ways in which the artists expressed themselves at different periods in their careers].

Once again, the distinction between these individual headings is rather vague with works by many artists being included under most sections. With this reservation, this book is a good introduction to the PRB and, by initially interesting the reader primarily through its reproductions, it should encourage deeper reading around the subject.

Avery good selection of paintings has been gathered, covering works by Rossetti, Hunt and Millais as well as Frederic George Stephens, William Michael Rossetti [a writer, critic and editor of the PRB’s literary magazine, so that his inclusion is somewhat inappropriate] James Collinson and Thomas Woolner, a sculptor, and Charles Alston Collins, Ford Madox Brown, Arthur Hughes, Anthony Frederick Sandys, John William Inchbold, Simeon Solomon, Elizabeth Siddall, muse, model and artist, John Brett, Henry Wallis, William Lindsay Windus, William Bell Scott and Walter Howell Deverell, who were associated with, or influenced by the PRB. Although only active between 1848-54, the movement’s influence continued until the end of the century through the work of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.

The PRB’s influences included Giotto, Fra Angelico, Jan van Eyck, Filippo Lippi, Pierro della Francesca, Hans Memling, Botticello, Joshua Reynolds, Friedrich Overbeck and Wilhelm Schadow, both members of the Rome-based German Brotherhood of St Luke, and Ruskin. However, an indication of the relative importance of the debt to such artists is missing. William Dyce, the delightfully-named Philip Hermogenes Calderon, Alma-Tadema and many other artists are also presented.

This book certainly succeeds as a collection of Victorian paintings and a single relief sculpture, indeed it does better than many larger books devoted to the subject. There must have been any number of ravishing works that could have been chosen for the front cover illustration, but the detail from Millais’ “Ophelia”, 1851-52, is very well-chosen and justifies the book’s title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, 28 Dec 2013
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This item was purchased as a gift. It is a brilliant reproduction of a famous painting and provides a beautiful focus in any room that is appropriate for its use.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Value, 20 Aug 2013
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A really good book with a reproduction of the painting on the right hand page and information about it on the left. The only drawback is rather small typeface and a font not well suited to being rendered small. It is now fantastic value at its reduced price of around 6.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little gem this book., 3 April 2011
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I love art and my favourite has always been the Pre-Raphaelites,so this little book has so many paintings and enough information to keep learning more about this beautiful art,as well as learning more about the content of the picture.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great value, 29 Sep 2010
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Not trying to be a 'text book' but a very good introduction to the work and scope of Pre-Raphaelite art.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MILLAIS & the Pre-Raphaelites, 6 May 2011
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M. J. H. Leete (Marple, Stockport, UK) - See all my reviews
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The first thing to say in any review of a book from Amazon is that it arrived reasonably quickly and was immaculately packed so that I received it in `off-the-shelf' condition.
The cost of the book is remarkable - you could not buy a handful of postcards for the same money!
I am interested in Effie Millais, former wife of John Ruskin, and I wanted this book as an overview of Millais' work. I have not counted them, but I believe there to be 132 illustrations and all the pictures that I think of as Millais' are included except Bubbles. How barren our childhood would have been without Bubbles - with or without the addition of Pears soap! However, it is not the picture of the later-to-be Admiral that I find so interesting as the fact that Millais does not seem to have been able to paint even the smallest thing from memory. He could not do the large bubble, for instance, because every time he started, the bubble burst. Eventually, he had a glass globe blown specially and he painted that!
The cover picture is of the drowned Ophelia. I hate this picture, it is so unrealistic. Drowned people take on a ghastly, grey colour and their limbs are so floppy that Ophelia could not have had her hands held up out of the water without attaching floats to her wrists or, as was in fact the case, she were lying in a bath!
The picture named The Order of Release is probably a more accurate a representation of Effie than her posed portraits. That Ruskin abstained from, as she put it, making her his wife must surely lie in his own ineradicable defects. The only fault I can find with this picture is that her soldier-husband is far too clean to have come up from an eighteenth century dungeon.
For anyone with only a passing interest in the pre-Raphaelites, this book is a `must-have'.
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