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Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

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The motto of the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood is Ars Longa Vita Brevis or, Art is Long, Life is Short. The website is the work of art historian Stephanie Graham Pina and has been online since 2007. In 2004, Pina created a precursor to the Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, lizziesiddal.com - a compilation of information about Elizabeth Siddal, who was an artist model, poet, and painter. Siddal was the model for Sir John Everett Millais's Ophelia (1851-1852). which hangs in the Tate Britain and is considered a masterpiece of Pre-Raphaelite painting. Pina provides this explanation of the Pre-Raphaelites' desire to turn art back to a time before the Renaissance artist Raphael: "In the midst of the Industrial Revolution and scientific discovery, these artists looked backward and created works that celebrated a distinct Medieval aesthetic." One might wonder what the importance of Pre-Raphaelite art is during this "me too" moment. There were Pre-Raphaelite female artists, but the most well-known were male painters who were prone to depicting women with long, flowing hair and abstracted expressions. One of Pina's recent posts, "Finding Fireflies Amidst the Fireworks," on Feb 5, 2018, addresses this question and provides examples of female empowerment in Pre-Raphaelite art.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-02-09
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2018/0209

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