27 January – 7 May 2017
A display of more than 60 outstanding Victorian paintings and watercolours from the collection of National Museums Liverpool.
Fresh from a hugely successful stint touring Japan during 2015-16, this exhibition returns home to Liverpool for a local showing. Featured are 19th century greats Frederic Lord Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edward John Poynter, as well as the pioneering Pre-Raphaelite artists John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.
The Victorian period marked an important shift in the way people thought about art. The boom in trade meant a newly wealthy middle class, who were keen to collect paintings for their own use. As the commercial art world began to develop, painters could instead focus on the imagination of the buyer rather than the opinions of the critic.
This display shows how Victorian artists were able to embrace an array of new subjects, from emotional scenes inspired by legend and mythology to reimagined representations the physical world.