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Truth and Beauty
The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters
By (author): Melissa E. Buron
9783791357287 Hardcover English General Trade ART / History / Romanticism Jun 19, 2018
$86.00 CAD
Active 10.13 x 12.31 x 1.38 in 296 pages 200 Prestel Publishing Prestel
This dazzling book examines the inspiration behind the work of the Pre-Raphaelites and offers comparisons between the radical 19th-century artists and the masterworks they revered.

Started in the early 19th century by a group of British painters who rejected the sovereignty of the Royal Academy, the Pre-Raphaelites embraced the natural world and bright colors—as opposed to the dark palettes and amorphous lines that emerged in the wake of the Renaissance. Their mission was to be fundamentally modern by emulating the past. Now readers can appreciate their achievements in this volume that offers side-by-side comparisons of 19th-century masterpieces with the 15th- and 16th-century Early Italian and Early Netherlandish paintings that inspired them. Exquisite reproductions of works by Giotto, Fra Angelico, van Eyck, Botticelli, Titian, Veronese, and Raphael are presented alongside examples by William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and others. The book traces the evolution of the Pre-Raphaelites, and details how these painters were exposed to the early masters as they traveled and encountered the finest European collections. The volume also features decorative arts, including stained glass and tapestries in emulation of Flemish and French textiles as well as “medievalized” ecclesiastic decorations. The result is an illuminating examination that delves into the Pre-Raphaelites’ aesthetic vocabulary and broadens our understanding of their motives and inspiration.
Published in association with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Topic: The book explores the Pre-Raphaelites’ fascination with the Old Italian Renaissance Masters, including Giotto and Fra Angelico, and Northern European High Renaissance artists such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. It also examines the influence of Raphael and artists of the late Renaissance, such as Titian and Paolo Veronese, on the Pre-Raphaelites.

Range of works: In addition to paintings, the book also features decorative arts including stained glass and tapestries in emulation of Flemish and French textiles.

Exhibition: The book accompanies an exhibition at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, June 30-September 30, 2018.

Illustrations: The book is generously illustrated with 200 color illustrations, which juxtapose multiple art movements not often seen together.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (later known as the Pre-Raphaelites): a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The brotherhood sought a return to the abundant detail, intense colours and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian art. They rejected the mechanistic approach first adopted by Mannerist artists.

MELISSA E. BURON is Associate Curator of European Paintings at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Author Residence: San Francisco

Publicity: Pitch to art magazines (including Fine Art Connoisseur, Artforum, and Art & Antiques)

Promote through art review websites (Hyperallergic, ARTnews, Artnet)

Coordinate social media campaign with the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

“With beautiful color images that make the visual connections among the art works and scholarly yet readable essays, this is for lovers of the Pre-Raphaelites as well as those who want to learn more about them.” –Sandra Rothenberg, Library Journal

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