life of dante gabriel rossetti

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. IN the studio jointly occupied by Mr. Hunt and Rossetti, the two artists began the pictures in which their new faith was to be shown to the world through their works. Mr. Hunt's picture, as is known, was the Rienzi swearing Revenge over the Body of his Brother. Rossetti's was The Girlhood of Mary Virgin. Working with them, in his own studio, was Sir John Millais, whose adhesion to their new creed the young associates had obtained. His contribution consisted of his picture from Keats' " Lorenzo and Isabella." With the exhibition, in 1849, of these three pictures, a ferment in artistic and literary circles, destined to outlast the cause to which it owed its birth, took place. The signification of the three letters, P.R.B., or Pre-Raphaelite Brother, indicative of aims such as have previously been mentioned, which the painters affixed to their names, had been revealed by Rossetti to friends,- one of whom gave it to the world. A storm of indignation was aroused among those against whose practice in art the new school was a protest. Writers were, of course, found to declaim with customary ?eal against innovation, and as has generally been thecase, especially in England, under' similar conditions, the leaders of the new heresy were regarded as offenders against most things that are sacred or of good repute. It is possible now to smile at the pother that was raised. The movement, which had in fact been anticipated by Mr. Madox Brown, was originated by young men, of whom the oldest was barely of age. Its influence, as a protest, was enduring, its tendency was beneficial, and the men, nurtured in its faith, however much they may have diverged from their first convictions, have attained the foremost places in their art. Whatever was extravagant or fantastic in view, mi... --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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