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Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Making Art

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The University of York

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Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Making Art is a two-day conference taking place at the University of York on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th December 2019. The conference is organised in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition Pre-Raphaelite Sisters (17 October 2019 – 26 January 2020).

Across two days, this conference will explore the roles played and diverse contributions made by women to the creation of Pre-Raphaelite art, presenting illuminating new research about the many women artists, writers and models who participated in the Pre-Raphaelite circle.

According to popular history, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was formed in 1848 when three disillusioned and rebellious young artists undertook to revolutionise the traditional art being produced by the British Royal Academy. In order to fulfil their aim of truth to nature, every detail was painted from life, with members often posing for each other to ensure individualism. They continually sought ‘Stunners’, or models possessing a unique natural beauty, to differentiate their work from the conventional portraits painted by conformist academicians. As well as becoming models, these women also became the artists’ lovers, wives, and in some cases pupils, producing their own works which played a significant role in the development of Pre-Raphaelite art.

The faces of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters gaze from iconic canvasses such as John Everett Millais’s Ophelia and Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Bocca Baciata. Their male creators are celebrated for their skill and ingenuity, while art history has selectively ignored the critical reality that these works simply would not exist without the contribution made by the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Jan Marsh (Art Historian and Curator, National Portrait Gallery, London)
  • Kirsty Stonell Walker (Author, Pre-Raphaelite Girl Gang)

Opening remarks by Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn.

See the 'Pre-Raphaelite Sisters: Making Art' conference website for further details.

The conference will be held in the Berrick Saul Building, the Humanities Research Centre of the University of York. Ticket prices include lunch and tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon.

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