August 21, 2012, 11:23 am -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Between September 12th and January 13th, the Tate Britain is taking on the Pre-Raphaelite movement of the 19 th Century.
Known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (PRB), and led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Hunt and John Everett Millais, it is widely regarded as Britain's first modern art movement. The Tate is bringing together more than 150 works, including sculpture, painting and photography.
The PRB was marked out by a sense of rebellion against the moralizing of Victorian society, whilst deploying the same scientific precision and grandiose flourishes associated with the era. Taking their cue from Renaissance artists, the PRB developed their work into what can only be described as avant-garde, boldly doing away with the orthodoxy of the times and establishing an entirely new style.
The secretive PRB was widely regarded as group of cultural rebels who shunned the establishment, favouring nature, realism, love and death over the more conventional, buttoned-up tastes of the Royal Academy.
Alongside the more famous works, the exhibition is dusting off some rarely seen masterpieces, including Millais's first attempt at the plein air style, Ferdinand Lured by Ariel. The exhibition aims to put the Pre-Raphaelites into a political context, so that viewers can appreciate just how revolutionary a movement it was.
Tickets for the exhibition cost £14. It runs seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm. To aid travelling art fans with their costs, website LondonTown.com is offering a number of discounts on hotels in London close to the Tate.
Among the deals on offer, the Holiday Inn Express at London-Victoria (ten minutes walk from the Tate) is giving LondonTown users a 70% discount on double rooms. The discount brings the cost of a night's stay down to just £89.
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