The Pre-Raphaelites and the Art of the Victorian Age
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Osher (50+). This course explores at the work and context of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in England.
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Ushered in with the reign of Queen Victoria in 1837, the Victorian Age in Britain was a time of extreme dichotomies. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, England was at the forefront of industrialization and technological advancement. But that prosperity and advancement was countered by the rise of poverty and concerns for social welfare. There was also a growing sense of modernization and independence which was hindered by an oppressive sense of morality and properness. In this course, we look at a small group of revolutionary artists who fought against the conservative nature of both the British Academy and their time period. These Pre-Raphaelites strove to realistically depict their contemporary time period while also railing against the restrictions of their time. Their works shot them to fame and opened up the art world to more variety and individuality in the arts. We also explore the environment that instigated the revolution of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and encouraged their followers.