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HEAVEN ON EARTH: THE RELIGION OF BEAUTY IN LATE VICTORIAN ART
Heaven on Earth is a major exhibition at the new Djanogly Art Gallery (University of Nottingham Arts Centre). It looks at the ideal of the Beautiful in late Victorian art, and provides a new perspective on a period in British art which continues to have wide appeal.
The 1860s witnessed both a disenchantment with what had come to represent mainstream Victorian art, and also the beginnings of a re-enchantment with the idea of High Art, the ideal of Art for Art’s sake. Common to late Victorian artists as outwardly diverse as Rossetti, Waterhouse, George Frederic Watts, Burne-Jones and Evelyn de Morgan is the notion that art might provide a particular kind of experience, evoking an apparently timeless ideal of the Beautiful through its appeal to the imagination and its visible connection with the past. Early Renaissance art, brought into public awareness by the Pre-Raphaelites, continued to be important for later Victorian artists, in terms of both style and subject-matter, as a means of distancing art from the banalties of everyday Victorian life.
Where & When
Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Hon John Collier, Frank Cadogan Cowper, Walter Crane, Evelyn Pickering De Morgan, Sir Frank Dicksee, William Dyce, Thomas Cooper Gotch, Arthur Hughes, William Holman Hunt, Frederic Lord Leighton, Anna Lea Merritt, William Morris, Sir Joseph Noel Paton, Charles E Perugini, Sir Edward John Poynter, Valentine Cameron Prinsep, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Anthony Frederick Sandys, John Byam Liston Shaw, Simeon Solomon, John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope, Marie Spartali Stillman, John Melhuish Strudwick, John William Waterhouse, George Frederic Watts
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