Pre-Raphaelitism and Medievalism in the Arts
|Author: ||Cheney, Liana|
This volume presents an interdisciplinary view of the interpretation of Pre-Raphaelite art and literature. The current intensifying interest in the relationship between the visual arts and narrative and their critical interpretation justifies a look at the earliest use of such orientation in the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its followers. Particularly in the work of Rossetti, Hunt, Millais, and Burne-Jones one can see at work the Pre-Raphaelist invention of a personal symbolic language. The same holds true for their literary counterparts, particularly Tennyson, Francis Thompson, and Swinburne. The contributors' essays cover the various methodologies of art history and literature, as well as artistic and literary criticisms. The main focus is the assimilation of the medieval tradition as well as the interpretation of it. With many illustrations.
". . . the primary value of the essays in this collection lies in their use of traditional art-historical attention to sources to contextualize the Pre-Raphaelite language of medievalism in the contemporary significations of what little was then known of medieval art and artists. Of particular interest, given the new sense of the Pre-Raphaelites as not only a Brotherhood but also a Sisterhood, is Alicia Faxon's 'The Influence of Christine de Pisan on Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal.'" -- Victorian Studies