Behind the men – as is always the case – was a group of women without whom famous paintings, such as Millais' Ophelia, would never have been made. Ophelia was inspired by the tragic character of the same name in Shakepeare's Hamlet, who drowns herself in a fit of despair. The model, Elizabeth Siddal, also died in tragic circumstances, but far from being solely a muse to the brotherhood, she was also an artist in her own right. In fact, many of the Pre-Raphaelite muses were also artists.
This exhibition will tell the story of 12 women, all of whom supported their male counterparts (in some cases relinquishing their own ambitions) and/or made their own art. Hitherto unseen paintings, manuscripts and photographs from collections across the world will bring to light the overlooked role these women played in the development and success of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
|What||Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, National Portrait Gallery|
|Where||National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
17 Oct 19 – 26 Jan 20, Daily 10am–6pm
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