15 September - 5 December 2010. Within its four new temporary-exhibition galleries, the Ashmolean presents a comprehensive exhibition dedicated to the influence of Italy on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Founded in London in 1848, the Pre-Raphealite movement aimed to reform art by rejecting what was considered to be the mechanistic approach first adopted by the Mannerist artists who succeeded Raphael. The Pre-Raphaelites sought to recapture the abundant detail and complex compositions adopted by the Quattrocento Italian and Flemish artists.
The Ashmolean examines how the group, whose founding members included Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and Sir John Everett Millais, were so influenced by Italian literature, art, history, landscape.
Mon-Sat: 10.30-17.00. Sun: 14.00-17.00