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Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement  

In 1848, a year of political upheaval across Europe, a group of revolutionary artists in England named themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and changed the course of British art. Our first session will examine Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and the other members of the PRB and how their modernity involved turning back to the medieval period. In week two, inspired by Rossetti, the Renaissance man William Morris revolutionized Victorian design while decrying capitalism. Morris’s example spawned the Arts and Crafts Movement. In class three we will look at workers’ collectives like the Century Guild, country homes that embody the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, and the continuing influence of the PRB on a new generation of artists. This course will complement the Victorian Radicals exhibit opening at SAM June 13. Rebecca Albiani has a BA in art history and an MA in Renaissance art history. She is a popular lecturer at the Frye Art Museum.