About the exhibition
Palazzo Reale pays tribute to the art of the Pre-Raphaelites – Preraffaelliti, in Italian – with the exhibition “Preraffaelliti. Amore e Desiderio”, analysing the art from the 19th-century artists and their impact on the Italian art production. The Pre-Raphaelites, an art movement born in England in 1848, have marked through their style English art of the Victorian era. The exhibition, powered in collaboration with the Tate Gallery in London features a selection of some of the most significant paintings by artists such as John Everett Millais, Arthur Hughes and John William Waterhouse.
The exhibition into more details
The masterpieces on display, which include John Everett Millais’ Ofelia (see the main image), John William Waterhouse’s Lady of Shalott and Arthur Hughes’ April Love, are divided into different sections such as “Medieval Moderns”, “Truth to Nature”, “Love and Desire”, “Romance”, “Myth”. Particular attention is paid to the importance of “Italian” inspiration in the context of Pre-Raphaelite poetics. The typical themes explored, indeed, are particularly striking as they create a link between art and literature, as they include biblical stories, Dante Alighieri, Shakespeare, patriotism and social sensitivity.