Sunday, January 9, 2011

If I would be a nymph.. 
                                                                                  I'd prefer to come  from Pre-Raphaelite's painting... 
   The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The three founders were soon joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven member "brotherhood".
    The group's intention was to reform art by rejecting what they considered to be the mechanistic approach first adopted by the Mannerist artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo. They believed that the Classical poses and elegant compositions of Raphael in particular had been a corrupting influence on the academic teaching of art. Hence the name "Pre-Raphaelite". In particular, they objected to the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the founder of the English Royal Academy of Arts. They called him "Sir Sloshua", believing that his broad technique was a sloppy and formulaic form of academic Mannerism. In contrast, they wanted to return to the abundant detail, intense colours, and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art.
    The Pre-Raphaelites have been considered the first avant-garde movement in art, though they have also been denied that status, because they continued to accept both the concepts of history painting and of mimesis, or imitation of nature, as central to the purpose of art. However, the Pre-Raphaelites undoubtedly defined themselves as a reform-movement, created a distinct name for their form of art, and published a periodical, The Germ, to promote their ideas. Their debates were recorded in the Pre-Raphaelite Journal.

Below I posted some of the most fascinating mythological paintings by Pre-Raphaelites:

John William Waterhouse

Ophelia, 1889

Hylas and the Nymphs, 1896

Ulysses and the Sirens, 1891

Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus, 1900

Boreas, 1903

Ophelia, 1910

Ophelia, 1894

Miranda -- The Tempest, 1916

Echo and Narcissus, 1903

The Lady of Shalott, 1888

La belle Dame Sans Merci, 1893

Marianna in the South, 1897

(version 1), 1905

A Naiad or Hylas with a Nymph, 1893

Flora and Zephyrs, 1898

My Sweet Rose

The Princess

The Valkyres Vigil

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Baronet


A Sea Spell 1877

Draper Herbert James

Mourning for Icarus

Arthur Hughes


 Ophelia, 1865

 Charles-Francois Jalabert

Nymphs Listeningtothe Songs of Orpheus, 1853

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