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This work seeks to study and clarify the aesthetic tenets and goals of Pre-Raphaelitism, one of the most significant artistic movements of the nineteenth century, in its formative years from 1848 to 1853. The Pre-Raphaelites rebelled against established artistic styles and methods, seeking instead to accurately depict nature and create art that conveys profound intellectual and spiritual ideas through its literary and religious themes. This project focuses particularly on William Holman Hunt, one of the founding members of the group, and argues that there exist important connections between his worldview, which is defined and discussed, and his art, of which three paintings are analyzed. The present work also examines the Pre-Raphaelites' influence on nineteenth-century British art by outlining the popular styles of the time and comparing these to the Pre-Raphaelites' work and principles. As evidenced in the work of their contemporaries and later artists, this small group of avant-garde artists transformed the art of their own era and beyond.
Funk, Anna Olivia, "William Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelites: Artistic Aims, Worldview, and Influence on Nineteenth-Century Culture" (2016). Honors Senior Theses/Projects. 94.