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Pre-Raphaelites. Love and Desire. In Milan 80 artworks from the Tate Gallery

Pre-Raphaelites. Love and Desire is the name of the art exhibition currenlty taking place at the Palazzo Reale in Milan. The exhibition brings to Milan 80 artworks from the Tate Gallery in London and will end on October 6th. So less than one month to admire the masterpieces by artists like John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Arthur Hughes and John William Waterhouse.

Who were the Pre-Raphaelites

The artistic movement of the Pre-Raphaelites as know as the Confraternity of the Pre-Raphaelites was born in England in 1848 and it is one of the highest expression of the so called Victorian painting, an era defined by the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901).

Founders of the movement were the painters Millais, Rossetti and William Hunt, whoe were later joined by Ford Madox Brown, William Trost Richards, William Morris, Edward Burne-Jones and  John William Waterhouse.

The movement was named after Raphael, the painter and architect of the High Renaissance, who, according to the painters belonging to the Confraternity, during his career and through his artworks sacrificed reality in the name of beauty.

Being a Pre-Raphaelite then meant the disruption of the pictorial standards of that time and above all the overcoming of the academic art (or art pompier). A popular style in 19th century France which was considered so distant from reality to become empty, fake and almost grotesque.

Pre-Raphaelites masterpieces on display in Milan

Among the masterpieces which compose the exhibit curated by Carol Jacobi there are the Ofelia by John Everett Millais, Love of April by Arthur Hughes and the Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse.

Info & Tickets

If you wish to visit this stunning exhibitions here below you can find all the relevant info:

Opening Hours

Monday – from 2.30pm to 7.30 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday – from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm

Thursday and Saturday – From 9.30 am to 10.30 pm


Adults € 14.00

Kids € 12.00

For more info on reduced entrance fees check this link.

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