This important book is the first to explore the fascination of the Pre-Raphaelite painters with Italy: its landscape, art and culture.
Covering the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the broadest sense, from its foundation in 1848 to the second generation (including Burne-Jones and Crane), it also includes the works of a group of English artists known as the Etruscans, who were followers of the Italian painter Giovanni Costa.
Ruskin, whose awareness of Italy was both imaginative and visceral and who made numerous trips to Italy throughout his life, emerges as a key influence on the relationship of the Pre-Raphaelite painters to Italian culture. In addition to his writings, including the monumental Stones of Venice, Ruskin's own drawings provide a personal record of his engagement with the places he visited.
Featuring full-colour illustrations of the 138 paintings in the exhibition, including works in private collections not previously reproduced, The Pre-Raphaelites and Italy examines the relationship of the Pre-Raphaelite brothers to Italy and to each other in a fresh and original way and will be essential reading for all students of 19th-century art and culture.
Colin Harrison is Curator of British Paintings and Drawings and Curator of the Pissarro Family Archive at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. His previous publications include Turner's Oxford (2000), Samuel Palmer 1805-1881: Vision and Landscape (2005, joint author) and the Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum (2004, joint editor and author). Christopher Newall is a writer and art historian specialising in 19th-century British art who has curated numerous exhibitions of Pre-Raphaelite painting worldwide.
Contents: Preface, Christopher Brown; Acknowledgements; Introduction: The Pre-Raphaelites and Italy, Colin Harrison; The Pre-Raphaelites and Italian Art before and after Raphael, Colin Harrison; The Pre-Raphaelites and Italian Literature, Martin McLaughlin; Interlocking Patriotisms: Italy and England in the Long Nineteenth Century, Maurizio Isabella; Catalogue: 1 The Inspiration of Italian Literature and History; 2 Ruskin and Italy; 3 Ruskin's Followers in Italy; 4 Other Pre-Raphaelite Travellers in Italy; 5 Giovanni Costa and The Etruscans: Painters of the Italian Landscape; 6 Aestheticism: The Inspiration of the Renaissance; 7 Burne-Jones and the American Church in Rome; Bibliography; Index.