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Kollar American Art Lecture – Susan P. Casteras

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Submitted on March 15, 2016 - 11:12am

6pm | Friday, April 15, 2016
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

Free and open to the public, but please RSVP here.

Susan P. Casteras holds the Professorship in American Art History and has taught in the School of Art + Art History + Design for twenty years.

A reception in the Jacob Lawrence Gallery will follow the lecture.

Re-forming Pre-Raphaelitism in America and Britain: from the mid-19th century to the present

The Pre-Raphaelites consisted of a radical group of British artists who in 1848 established a brotherhood dedicated to completely changing the course of realism in the United Kingdom, on the European continent, and in America. The remarkable longevity and popular appeal of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, beliefs, and heroines manifests itself in a variety of ways that recycle and extend the Victorian era’s application of the term to new realms today such as literature, film, fashion, jewelry, music videos, and other forms of popular culture. Dr. Casteras, an eminent scholar in the field of Victorian art and the author of more than eighty books, articles, exhibition catalogues, and reviews, will discuss her ongoing research into this vast and multidisciplinary topic. She will explore such aspects as the commodification of Pre-Raphaelitism, the “Pre-Raphaelization” of the Victorian heroine in novels and mystery books by American and British authors, comic book versions of the legendary lives of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal, and other unusual objects that attest to the ongoing obsession in the 21st century with Pre-Raphaelite artists, objects, and themes.

Homepage image credit:
Ophelia, 1851-2, Sir John Everett Millais, Bt (1829-1896)
© Tate, London 2016

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