Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion
12 February – 5 June 2016
More than 120 paintings are used to highlight Liverpool’s role in the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
While usual assessments of the Pre-Raphaelite movement remain largely London-centric, this exhibition draws on enlightening new research – supported by the Art Fund's Jonathan Ruffer curatorial grant – to assert that Liverpool was in fact a key northern hub during the Victorian era.
Works on display highlight the talents of the artists who lived in the area, many of whom were trained at the Liverpool Academy and exhibited at the city's influential Autumn Exhibition. It also draws attention to the key collectors and institutions whose patronage ensured the success of famed pre-Raphaelite painters Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.