John Everett Millais was one of the most successful and acclaimed British painters of the nineteenth century. A founder member of the radical Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an acclaimed society portraitist, and an ambitious painter of historical themes, Millais ended his days as a Baronet and President of the Royal Academy. In this widely illustrated, thoughtful account of Millais's career, Jason Rosenfeld brings together biography, art history and an insightful and detailed analysis of individual paintings. Opening with a focused study of his much acclaimed, and now iconic Pre-Raphaelite paintings, in the second half of the book the author presents a fascinating reconsideration of the artist's often over looked later career.
Jason Rosenfeld is Distinguished Chair and Associate Professor of Art History at Marymount Manhattan College, New York. Academic interests include British art, specifically Victorian, modern architecture, and contemporary art. He was a co-curator of the exhibition, `The Post-Pre-Raphaelite Print' at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York (1995), and contributed to the `Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters: The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection' exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2003). He co-curated an exhibition on Millais at Tate Britain, London, which travelled to Amsterdam, Fukuoka and Tokyo (2007-9), and was co-curator of the exhibition `Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-garde' at Tate, London (2012), which travels to Washington, DC, Moscow and Tokyo through 2013.