Unwittingly, and outside their manifesto, the Pre-Raphaelite Brethren developed a new British narrative painting.
Twelve years earlier, the real Duke of Milan was abandoned with his young daughter in a small boat. When he is able to bring his usurper to face his revenge, this is what happens.
It’s ironic that the Pre-Raphaelites, who wanted to take painting back to the days before Raphael, then took up his themes.
Three brothers murder their sister’s lover. A grisly story turned into a poem by John Keats, and a formative painting for the Pre-Raphaelites, and others.
Two different legends about Sir Lancelot and a woman falling in love with him. Both are told here with a selection of fine paintings.