Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde

Last weekend I flew to DC to see the major exhibit, Pre-Raphaelities:  Victorian Art and Design. DC is the only North American city where the exhibit is showing (having started in London, it next moves on to Moscow and Tokyo) so I felt really lucky to have family nearby, which made it easier to go.

I’d seen some of the paintings before at the Tate, and at the Holman Hunt exhibit a few years ago, which came to Toronto.  But this exhibit was really marvelous in terms of the sheer number of paintings from many different galleries, some of which I may never have a chance to see again.  Working in disability studies, I was especially happy to see Millais’s The Blind Girl (1856), which is at Birmingham.


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