Pre-Raphaelitism and Medievalism in the Arts

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Liana Cheney
Edwin Mellen Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Art - 318 pages
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The common thread that joins the essays in this volume is drawn from the rich tapestry of pre-Raphaelite art and literature and its medieval legacy. This edition 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.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Function of the Grotesque in
8
The Medieval Spirit of PreRaphaelitism
15
Typology History and Persona
29
The PreRaphaelite Brotherhood as Knights of the Round Table
53
Sir Gawain Sir Lancelot the PreRaphaelite Brotherhood
75
The Influence of Christine de Pisan
93
SelfReflection and Desire
109
Locks Tresses and Manes in PreRaphaelite Paintings
159
The Influence of the Courtly Love
193
BurneJones Swinburne and Laus Veneris
221
The Fair Lady and The Virgin in PreRaphaelite
241
William Morris and the Ideal Book
281
Selected Bibliography
307
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