Love, desire, nature, poetry, myth and beauty: for the very first time, the artistic revolution of the Pre-Raphaelites has come to Milan with the masterpieces from the Tate. The exhibition “Preraffaelliti: Amore e Desiderio” was inaugurated on 19th June last and can be visited in Palazzo Reale until 6th October.

Gabriel Rossetti, Monna Vanna, 1866 – Credits ©Tate, London 2019
Gabriel Rossetti, Monna Vanna, 1866 – Credits ©Tate, London 2019

The year 1848 saw the outbreak in Europe of political and social revolutions which involved practically all nations. In the same year in England, seven students came together to give rise to what was to be a true artistic revolution, their aim being to free painting from conventions and emancipate it from the masters of the past. The men and women in what was known as the Pre-Raphaelite circle experimented with new lifestyles and a web of personal relationships as radical as their art.

John William Waterhouse, La Dama di Shalott, 1888, – Credits ©Tate, London 2019
John William Waterhouse, La Dama di Shalott, 1888, – Credits ©Tate, London 2019

In Milan 80 marvellous works are on display, some of the highlights being Ophelia by John Everett Millais, April Love by Arthur Hughes, and the Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Aurelia (L’amante di Fazio), 1863-73 – Credits ©Tate, London 2019
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Aurelia (L’amante di Fazio), 1863-73 – Credits ©Tate, London 2019

Curated by Carol Jacobi, the exhibition unveils the universe of 18 Pre-Raphaelite artists and the aesthetics of the movement. The works are presented in themed sections in order to explore the aims and ideals of the movement, the styles of the various artists, the importances of the graphic element and the spirit of collaboration which, in the sphere of applied arts was to prove such a crucial element.

Until 6th October 2019
Palazzo Reale, piazza del Duomo, 12 – Milan
www.palazzorealemilano.it