Pre Raphaelite Art

what is pre-raphaelite art?

Pre-Raphaelite art was closely associated with the social, political, and economic changes of Victorian England. This society aimed to create high-quality art that expressed real ideas and that sympathized with the genuine aspects of historical artworks.


Early paintings included the tell-tale mark of the brotherhood in the form of the mysterious “P.R.B” signature.


The artworks hinted at a time that came before Raphael, which resembled, in the eyes of the brotherhood, a purer form of art.


Pre-Raphaelite art also tended to ignore the pedantic inclusion of symmetry and proportion in composition.


The unique coloring of-Pre Raphaelite paintings was sometimes achieved by what became known as the “wet-white-ground technique”.

FAMOUS artworks from THe movement

Ecce Ancilla Domini  (1849 – 1850)  by Dante Rossetti

Ophelia  (1851 – 1852)  by John Everett Millais

The Scapegoat  (1854 – 1856)  by William Holman Hunt

the second generation

The resurfacing of the movement in this way culminated in the formation of a firm in 1961 called Morris & Co., which focused on producing decorative arts.

arts & crafts movement

This was a larger-scale movement that took place between 1860 and 1900 toward functional, decorative arts that was more accessible.

the sisterhood

The women who formed an integral part of it included the wives, muses, and lovers of three of the most predominant figures in the movement, among others.