Now The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848 by a group of English painters, poets, and critics.
The three founders of the Pre-Raphaelites (as they became known) William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and were soon joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven-member brotherhood and it was a great artistic rebellion. Their basic idea was to reform art by ‘rejecting what it considered the mechanistic approach first adopted by artists who succeeded the rather good Raphael and Michelangelo’.
These artists were known as ‘Mannerists’ and Mannerism was a period of European art that emerged from the later years of the Italian High Renaissance around 1520 and it’s influence was reached through the centuries.
And I have to say it is a style I really have come to like. The beauty of the colours, the flow of the stroke…