The National Gallery of Victoria’s holdings of works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their close associates are world renowned. They are richly varied and represent all media in which this remarkable group of artists worked. The collection reflects the role of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain, their place in the development of the illustrated book and their profound influence on later generations of artists.
The NGV’s collection has recently been significantly augmented with a number of key works, including the portrait of the Baroness Deslandes by Edward Burne-Jones as well as preliminary drawings for this painting, a stained glass window designed by Burne-Jones and a significant portrait by John Everett Millais.
This exhibition not only focuses on the collecting of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by the NGV, but includes key works in private collectors and institutions in Melbourne, reflecting the broad interest in this group of artists.