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A brilliant introduction to the Pre-Raphaelites
on 11 July 2011
I was drawn to this book after loving the series of the same name (and having Aidan Turner on the cover is no hardship either!) and found it a really good introduction to the art of the Pre-Raphaelites and their various hangers on. Franny Moyle has written a fascinating, easy to read book that makes art history accessible to people like me who have no idea about art but are interested in history. Moyle has also popped up on a couple of programmes I have seen about the Pre-Raphaelites as an historical consultant, so she clearly knows her stuff. What makes this book a joy to read is that she doesn't patronise as she writes. I've recommended this book to quite a few people.
The characters are beautifully written and the various narratives of the people are told in a way that is easy to follow and understand. I also found that I was interested enough by the book to continue reading other books about this movement and to seek out the paintings and poetry written by the artists.
A really good first step into understanding who the Pre-Raphaelites were and why they're important to British art (and a thoroughly good read!)