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The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from The Museo de Arte de Ponce
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The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from The Museo de Arte de Ponce

The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from The Museo de Arte de Ponce

Madrid 2/24/2009 - 6/21/2009

For historical reasons, 19th-century British art is one of the least well represented areas in Spanish collections, including that of the Prado, which has very few examples of Victorian painting. For this reason the Museo del Prado has decided to organise the present exhibition, which offers a carefully chosen selection of English paintings. They are loaned by the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico, which is temporarily closed for re-modelling, and include The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon by Edward Burne-Jones, and Flaming June by Frederic, Lord Leighton. Both paintings will travel to the Prado after their display at Tate Britain

The exhibition comprises 17 works in total, of which 10 are paintings and 6 are drawings and a watercolour. It will allow the public to become acquainted with both 19th-century English painting and with highlights of the museum founded in Ponce.

The exhibition also includes paintings by artists such as John Everett Millais (1829-1896), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), Thomas Seddon (1821-1856) and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). They were painted during the various different phases of the movement known as the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which was founded in 1848 with the initial aim of reforming English painting, at that date governed by the conservative strictures of the Royal Academy. The Pre-Raphaelites based themselves on a new vision of nature and on their quest to rediscover the aesthetic innocence of the Early Renaissance painters.

Among the outstanding works to be seen in the exhibition is Burne-Jones’ masterpiece, The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon. Prior to being seen at Tate Britain it has remained in Puerto Rico since Luis Ferré acquired it in the 1960s due to its importance for his collection and the difficulties involved in transporting a work that measures more than 6 metres wide. Burne-Jones devoted the last years of his life to this painting, which reflects his fascination (shared with fellow artists such as Rossetti and William Morris) for the legend of King Arthur. He constantly re-worked the composition up to the day before his death. Exhibited alongside this great work is a series of preliminary sketches and preparatory drawings that will help the visitor to appreciate the evolution of this dreamlike image. 

The exhibition includes outstanding examples of works by the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, including Miss Gladys M. Holman Hunt by William Holman Hunt, the artist who remained most faithful throughout his career to the group’s motto of “Truth to Nature”; Escape of the Heretic, 1559 by John Everett Millais, which is a characteristic example of the use of imaginary anecdotes as a means of expressing universal human sentiments; and The Roman Widow by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a work that forms part of a lengthy series of enigmatic, half-length female portraits that were in part influenced by the Venetian Renaissance portrait. 

Curator:
Gabriele Finaldi, Deputy Director of Consevation and Research, Museo Nacional del Prado

Access

Room 16b, first floor. Villanueva Building

Sponsored by:
BBVA

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Exhibition

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
Roman Widow (Dis Manibus)
Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Museo del Arte de Ponce.

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was founded in 1848 by Millais, Hunt and Rossetti. It arose in opposition to the conservative, academic approach of the Royal Academy of Arts, which upheld the pictorial methods of the 16th-century Italian Renaissance, and to the clichéd nature of Victorian art. The Brotherhood aimed to return to a more spontaneous approach inspired by nature and by the technique and symbolism of the Italian and Flemish Primitive painters.

Anticipating the precepts of later, innovative movements such as Art Nouveau, the Brotherhood’s works are enveloped in a literary atmosphere, depicting historical, social and religious subjects in a modern manner in their quest for a mystical and spiritual mode that would express purity of sentiment.

Artworks

1

Study for Queen Morgan le Fay

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Black and white chalk on rust coloured paper, 381 x 254 mm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

2

The King and his Court from the small Briar Rose series

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Oil on canvas, 60 x 132.5 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

3

Nude Study for the Amazon with a Shield

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Red chalk with touches of white and black on rust coloured paper, 403 x 241 mm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

4

Nude Study for Queen Morgan le Fay at King Arthur’s Head

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Black and blue chalk on cream coloured paper, 298 x 159 mm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

5

Drapery Study for the Queen at King Arhur’s Feet

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Black chalk on white paper, 318 x 216 mm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

6

Study for Two Watchers on the Extreme Left

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Black and white chalk on rust coloured paper, 310 x 400 mm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

7

Flaming June

Frederic Leighton

Oil on canvas, 119 x 119 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

8

Study for the Shield of the Amazon on the Right

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Watercolor and gouache on white paper, 302 x 238 mm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

9

Léhon from Mont Parnasse, Brittany

Thomas Seddon

Oil on canvas, 57.5 x 75 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

10

Drapery Study for Queen Morgan le Fay

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Black chalk on white paper, 254 x 184 mm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

11

The Sleeping Beauty from the small Briar Rose series

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Oil on canvas, 60 x 115 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

12

The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon (modello)

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Oil on canvas, 78.7 x 281.2 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

13

Roman Widow (Dîs Manibus)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Oil on canvas, 103.7 x 91.2 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

14

The Prince enters the Wood from the small Briar Rose series

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Oil on canvas, 60 x 127.5 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

15

The Sleep of King Arthur in Avalon

Edward Coley Burne-Jones

Oil on canvas, 277.5 x 635 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

16

The Escape of a Heretic

1559

John Everett Millais

Oil on canvas, 106.2 x 76.2 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

17

Miss Gladys M. Holman Hunt (The School of Nature)

William Holman Hunt

Oil on panel, 126.2 x 97 cm.

Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Luis A. Ferré Foundation, Inc., Ponce, Puerto Rico

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