Reading the Pre-Raphaelites

Revised Edition

Tim Barringer

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April 24, 2012
192 pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/4
90 color + 30 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300177336
Paper

Laurence King

Noted for its vivid colors, elaborate use of symbols, and dedication to close observation of the natural world, the work of Pre-Raphaelite artists combines a deep engagement with the past and a modern realism that exemplifies the concerns of the age of steam travel. In Reading the Pre-Raphaelites, author Tim Barringer draws on an imaginative selection of paintings, drawings, and photographs to suggest that the dynamic energy of Pre-Raphaelitism arose out of the paradoxes at its heart. Past and present, historicism and modernity, symbolism and realism, as well as the tensions between city and country, men and women, worker and capitalist, colonizer and colonized all make appearances within Pre-Raphaelite art. By focusing on these issues, Barringer draws together the strands of revisionist thought on the Pre-Raphaelites and provides a range of stimulating new interpretations of their work.

Beautifully illustrated, the revised edition of this authoritative survey traces the history of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, and includes new sections on photography as well as a revised introduction and bibliography.

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. His books include Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (Yale) and the exhibition catalogues American Sublime, Art and Emancipation in Jamaica (Yale), Opulence and Anxiety, and Before and After Modernism.

Men at Work
Art and Labour in Victorian Britain

Tim Barringer

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Frederic Leighton
Antiquity, Renaissance, Modernity

Edited by Tim Barringer and Elizabeth Prettejohn

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Landscape, Innovation, and Nostalgia
The Manton Collection of British Art

Edited by Jay A.

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Thomas Cole's Journey
Atlantic Crossings

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser and Tim Barringer; With contrib

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Picturesque and Sublime
Thomas Cole's Trans-Atlantic Inheritance

Tim Barringer, Gillian Forrester, Sophie Lynford, Jennifer

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The American Pre-Raphaelites
Radical Realists

Linda S. Ferber; With Nancy K.

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