Online anthology highlights Victorian 'Stunners'

By Oliver Hurley,
28th February 2012 - 12:14
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.
 
'Stunners', which can be viewed on the gallery's website, includes 28 portraits by artists such as Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, Austin Osman Spare, Eric Gill and Edward Reginald Frampton (whose Ariadne on the Isle of Naxos is pictured).
 
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
 

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