Maas Gallery's first virtual exhibition inspired by pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti
A cheekily titled new online collection by The Maas Gallery – the London exhibition space owned by Antiques Roadshow expert Rupert Maas – takes a look at how idealised beauty is portrayed in Victorian and early 20th-century paintings and drawings.
While the term 'stunner' is now more closely associated with glamour models, it was originally conceived by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
to describe a typical subject of the pre-Raphaelites
, the group of English painters that Rossetti co-founded in 1848 with William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.
We can only speculate as to whether today's 'stunners' will resonate in quite the same way in 150 years' time…
Image: The Maas Gallery