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Gallery To Display Rare Works Of Art

Remarkable pictures by Pre-Raphaelite artists to be displayed.

Wirral News
January 19th, 2006

Rare works of art are to go on display at Port Sunlight's Lady Lever Gallery.The gallery is staging an exhibition of exquisite drawings by
leading Pre-Raphaelite artists from 10 February to 14 May 2006.

A remarkable drawing of Cymon and Iphigenia by Millais is included in the exhibition, a new acquisition that has never been shown at a national gallery. Pre-Raphaelite Drawings offers
a rare opportunity to view fascinating works, too delicate for permanent display.

The most popular Pre-Raphaelite artists are featured including Edward Burne Jones, Ford Madox Brown, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti as well as John Everett Millais.
A total of drawings from the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House
collection make up this delightful exhibition.

The artworks include pencil, charcoal, chalk,
ink and watercolour drawings. They are a mixture of preparatory studies for well-known
paintings -some of which can be found amongst the National Museums Liverpool's permanent
collection -as well as stand-alone
works.

To accompany the exhibition, the Lady Lever Art Gallery has arranged an assortment of free events and activities for Pre­ Raphaelite fans of all ages. Talks by art historians and gallery
experts as well a family trail and art activities promise to bring the beautiful exhibition to life.




 



 




 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Five Sections Of The Exhibition:

Early Pre-Raphaelite Drawing Style:


This section examines works produced before the official formation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. It concentrates on the development of the style of the movement, particularly the move towards simple outline drawings. An example of this style is the ink drawing of Cymon and Iphigenia, a drawing recently purchased with the assistance of the National Art Collections Fund and Lord Leverhulme's Charitable Trust.


Portrait Drawings:

The Pre-Raphaelites often drew pictures of each other as well as family and friends. This intimate section of the exhibition highlights some tender and touching drawings by Madox Brown in particular.

Studies for paintings:

This section offers a unique chance to see how some of the most popular Pre-Raphaelite images were conceived, including precise sketches of Holman Hunt's famous painting The Scapegoat, from tte Lady Lever Art Gallery's permanent collection.

Pre-Raphaelite landscape:


The Pre-Raphael.ite Brotherhood was heavily influenced by the writer John Ruskin who called for a "truth to nature". As a result, their landscapes stay true to the actual composition of the natural world.

Pre-Raphaelite women:

The images are strong and domineering characters. These drawings offer an alternative to the traditional
victorian ideal of subservient females. Rossetti and Burne Jones especially favoured vomen who embidied beauty, power and strength