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Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision

Edited by Katharine Lochnan and Carol Jacobi

View Inside Price: $75.00

January 27, 2009
224 pages, 9 x 11
100 b/w + 100 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300148329

Published in association with The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Out of Print

This beautifully illustrated book accompanies a major exhibition of William Holman Hunt’s work. It explores the nature and significance of the artist’s vision and its relevance to modern audiences. Despite the great interest in Pre-Raphaelitism, it has been nearly forty years since the last exhibition devoted to Holman Hunt, one of the founders of the movement. His vision, which inspired the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, has lost neither its timeliness or relevance. The book illustrates paintings by Hunt and his associates, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and Arthur Hughes, and also includes drawings, prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes and archival material.  It examines Hunt’s work in the context of the Brotherhood, and his ideas in relation to the artistic, spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social crises of his age. By focusing on themes that remain relevant in the twenty-first century, the book sheds news light on Victorian neuroses, anxiety and the crisis of faith.
Contributors include:
- Jonathan Mané-Wheoki, Director of Art and Visual Culture, Te Papa, National Museum of New Zealand
- Jan Marsh, independent scholar
- Linda Parry, Curator of Textiles (retired), Victoria & Albert Museum
- Carole Silver, Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Division, Yeshiva University, New York
- Nicholas Tromans, Lecturer, Kingston University, London
- Joyce Townsend, Paintings Conservator, Tate Britain
- Carol Jacobi, Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London
- Brenda Rix, Assistant Curator, Prints and Drawings, AGO
- Katharine Lochnan, Deputy Director, Research and The R.Fraser Elliott Curator, Prints and Drawings, AGO

Katharine Lochnan is Deputy Director of Research and The R. Fraser Elliott Curator of Prints and Drawings, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Carol Jacobi is Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck College, University of London.


Manchester City Galleries (10/11/08 – 1/11/09)

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (2/14– 5/10/09)

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (6/13 – 9/6/09)

"An . . . impressive publication." —K. Rhodes, Choice

"Taken together, the essays ask us to look at Hunt's work beyond its place within the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, providing a richly deserved...acknowledgment of the complexity, variety, and marvelous strangeness of his entire oeuvre."--Pamela Fletcher, Victorian Studies

"Another edited collection, Katharine Lochnan and Carol Jacobi's Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision, is a lavishly illustrated commemorative volume for a 2008-09 exhibition in Manchester, Toronto, and Minneapolis. It contains informative essays on topics such as the circulation of prints, Hunt and Palestine, representations of gender, and cloth and textile."—Ian Duncan, Studies in English Literature

"[T]his is a thoughtful study of Hunt the artist, the person, and the activist . . . an essential source for any student of the pre-Raphaelites as well as a valuable case study of an artist operating in those liminal decades around 1900."—Cory Korkow, CAA Reviews