The members of the group of artists, founded in 1848, in London called the Pre-Raphaelites were most consistent in pursuing or renewing the arts compared with official Victorian art. At the tail end of the 19th century their art ended up in international symbolism and Art Nouveau amid the increasing symbolism of the collection of pictures.
The exhibition presents major works of the Pre-Raphaelite masters Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and Sir John Everett Millais.
Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June, one of the most well-known paintings in art history, and five, in part, monumental, major works by Edward Burne-Jones, are the highlight of this exhibition.
With the support of the young Rossetti, William Morris, Walter Crane and Burne-Jones created a picture sequence after Thomas Malory’s Arthur legend. Three works created in this connection by Burne-Jones - one of which is more than six metres wide - can be seen at the Belvedere Show as well as his picture sequence Sleeping Beauty, which was completed in 1873.
The exhibition contains a collection of pictures of the start of the modern trend which, to date, has attracted little attention in Austria, and allows visual scouting trips through the presentation worlds of individual major proponents of the Pre-Raphaelites and the major topics at the tail end of the 19th century.