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The Pre-Raphaelites and science

Holmes, John2018
"This revelatory book traces how the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their close associates put scientific principles into practice across their painting, poetry, sculpture, and architecture. In their manifesto, The Germ, the Pre-Raphaelites committed themselves to creating a new kind of art modelled on science, in which precise observation could lead to discoveries about nature and humanity. In Oxford and London, Victorian scientists and Pre-Raphaelite artists worked together to design and decorate new natural history museums as temples to God's creation. At the same time, journals like Nature and the Fortnightly Review combined natural science with Pre-Raphaelite art theory and poetry to find meaning and coherence within a world view turned upside down by Darwin's theory of evolution. Offering reinterpretations of well-known works by John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and William Morris, this major revaluation of the popular Victorian movement also considers less-familiar artists who were no less central to the Pre-Raphaelite project. These include William Michael Rossetti, Walter Deverell, James Collinson, John and Rosa Brett, John Lucas Tupper and the O'Shea brothers, along with the architects Benjamin Woodward and Alfred Waterhouse."--Book jacket.
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New Haven : Paul Mellon Center for Studies in British Art / Yale University Press, 2018
xi, 295 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 29 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-287) and index.
Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 THE PRE-RAPHAELITE PROjECT -- Scientific Art for a Scientific Age 1848 to 1860 -- 1.The Search After Truth: Art on the Model of Science -- 2.To Know What Has Grown: The Ecological Vision of Pre-Raphaelite Art -- 3.The Knowing Hand Of The Anatomist: Embodied Psychology in Pre-Raphaelite Painting and Poetry -- 4.Looking The Matter Through And Through: Sacred Art on Scientific Principles -- 5.An Experiment In Architecture: Pre-Raphaelitism and Science at the Oxford Museum -- pt. 2 SHAPING A SCIENTIFIC CULTURE -- The Pre-Raphaelite Arts and Victorian Science after 1860 -- 6.Fault Lines: Pre-Raphaelitism and Science after 1859 -- 7.The Facts Of The Case: Scientific Naturalism and Pre-Raphaelite Poetry -- 8.Pre-Raphaelite Architecture And Scientific Controversy After Darwin: The Natural History Museum versus Nature -- 9.Retrospect: Pre-Raphaelite Painting and the History of Science.
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