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Lunchtime Lecture: Pre-Raphaelitism - the critical seesaw

16 January 2020, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters)

Porserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1877 Private Collection

Porserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1877 Private Collection

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Art historian and curator Christopher Newall looks at how the Pre-Raphaelites have been perceived and appreciated retrospectively. Taking to task the often repeated view that the they were ‘discovered’ in the 1960s, emerging from the darkness of critical disdain, he presents a much more complicated story of an evolution of taste that has depended on many fascinating curators, collectors, artists and commentators.

Christopher Newall is a freelance art historian, exhibition curator, lecturer and tour leader. He specialises in the field of nineteenth and twentieth-century British art, with emphasis on the career and influence of John Ruskin, Pre-Raphaelitism, and landscape painting. However, his interests range widely and encompass all aspects of western artistic and architectural culture.

Exhibitions which Christopher Newall has conceived and curated include Pre-Raphaelite Vision – Truth to Nature (Tate Britain 2004) – which was an exploration of Pre-Raphaelite landscape painting and the observation of the physical world – and John Ruskin –Artist and Observer (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2014) which was the largest and most comprehensive display of drawings by the critic and philosopher of art to have taken place. On the former project, Christopher Newall was the co-curator and co-author of the catalogue with Professor Allen Staley, while on the latter occasion he was lead curator and catalogue author. Other exhibitions on which he has worked have been Victorian Landscape Watercolors (Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1992); Viktorianische Malerei (Neue Pinakothek, Munich, 1993); Pintura Victoriana (Prado Museum, Madrid); The Age of Rossetti, Burne-Jones & Watts (Tate Gallery, London, 1997); Leighton (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2004); and I Preraffaeliti - Il Sogno del ‘400 Italiano da Beato Angelico a Perugino da Rossetti a Burne-Jones (Ravenna, Museo d’Arte della Città).

Part of the programme of events complementing Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.

Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Friday 8 November 2019.