Previous Days of Special Interest
The Day of Special Interest on Friday 22nd October 2021 was three lectures on Pre-Raphaelite painters.
The presenter was Mr. Julian Halsby, MA RBA FRSA. Julian studied History of Art at Emmanuel College Cambridge and had a career in lecturing and writing, working as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department.
The Pre-Raphaelites were young, revolutionary artists who defied the traditions of the Royal Academy and produced highly original and innovative works from 1848 until the 1880’s.
The study day looked at the origins of the movement and the battles for recognition from 1848 to 1860, moving on to examine the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite landscapes, amongst the finest landscapes of the 19th century. The young Pre-Raphaelites were also social rebels rejecting Victorian morality and associating with girls whom their parents considered to be below their social standing. The day continued by examining the loves and scandals surrounding these artists. Julian then looked at the later Pre-Raphaelites and their influence in Europe, as well as examining Pre-Raphaelite design led by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones which became the famous Arts and Crafts Movement.
It was a very enjoyable day with an enthusiastic audience.