To Display Rare Works Of Art
Remarkable pictures by Pre-Raphaelite artists
to be displayed.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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