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In the late 19th cen­tury, a col­lec­tive of artists known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brother­hood cham­pi­oned a re­turn to preRe­nais­sance art val­ues. They re­jected the muddy colours of Ro­man­ti­cism, the hazy qual­i­ties of Im­pres­sion­ism, and the ev­ery­day sub­ject mat­ter of Re­al­ist paint­ings. In­stead, they fo­cused on the beau­ti­ful, us­ing vi­brant colours to paint im­ages in­fused with Me­dieval im­agery and at­ti­tudes. Beauty’s Awak­en­ing: Draw­ings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Con­tem­po­raries from the Lani­gan Col­lec­tion shows il­lus­tra­tions by prom­i­nent artists such as Dante Gabriel Ros­setti, Wil­liam Hol­man Hunt, and John Everett Mil­lais. On dis­play at the Na­tional Gallery of Canada from Oc­to­ber 9 un­til Jan­uary 2016. (p. 38)

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