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Prettejohn, Elizabeth

Works: 92 works in 341 publications in 3 languages and 10,631 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Caricatures and cartoons  Catalogs  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, win, Other, Contributor, Author of introduction, Curator, wst
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Most widely held works by Elizabeth Prettejohn
Beauty and art, 1750-2000 by Elizabeth Prettejohn( )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Persian and held by 2,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charting over two hundred years of western art, Elizabeth Prettejohn illuminates the vital relationship between our changing notions of beauty and specific works of art, from the works of Kauffman to Whistler, Ingres to Rossetti, Cezanne to Jackson Pollock, and concludes with a challenging question for the future: why should we care about beauty in the twenty-first century?"--Jacket
The art of the Pre-Raphaelites by Elizabeth Prettejohn( Book )

17 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1848, seven young, inexperienced English artists banded together to form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Together they created a novel style that bewildered its first audiences and retains the power to shock as well as to fascinate, a century and a half later. The first major publication on the Pre-Raphaelite movement in more than fifteen years, this exquisite volume incorporates the swell of recent research into a comprehensive up-to-date survey. The book explores the collaborative practices of the Brothers - including Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, and William Holman Hunt - and their close associates and accords a major role to the women artists of the Pre-Raphaelite circle." "Illustrated with one hundred and seventy color reproductions, this book concentrates closely on the visual impact of Pre-Raphaelite art. The materials, techniques, and working practices of the artists are revealed, using many close-up details. Furthermore, the book analyzes and considers how the Pre-Raphaelites responded to and commented on their time and place - a world characterized by religious and political controversy, new scientific concern for precise observation, the emergence of psychology, and changing attitudes toward sexuality and women." "The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites shows how this group developed to become one of the first and most distinctive movements in modern art, comparable to the Impressionists and later movements in France."--Jacket
Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Dante Gabriel Rossetti( Book )

22 editions published in 2003 in English and Dutch and held by 887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dante Gabriel Rossetti was the central figure of the Pre-Raphaelites. Together with Hunt and Millais, he started the original Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and was the 'poetic inspiration' of the movement. His turbulent and romantic imagery has always beguiled and intrigued art-lovers." "This beautifully illustrated book, published to accompany the landmark Rossetti exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Walker in Liverpool, is the most thorough and up-to-date analysis of the life and career of this pivotal nineteenth-century English painter available today." "It reproduces all of his most famous works in glorious colour, and major sections are also devoted to Rossetti's subjects from Dante; his representations of artists and their models; his drawings of Elizabeth Siddal; the medievalizing watercolours of the late 1850s; his monumental decorative projects at Llandaff Cathedral and at the Oxford Union; and his contributions to the decorative arts in the form of book bindings and illustrations, stained glass, furniture and picture frames."--Jacket
Pre-Raphaelites : Victorian art and design by T. J Barringer( Book )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood shook the mid-19th-century art world. Effectively Britain's first modern art movement, the Brotherhood combined rebellion and revivalism, scientific precision, and imaginative grandeur. Today, the works of the Pre-Raphaelites are among the best known of all English paintings, and yet they have often been dismissed or misunderstood as Victoriana or escapism. This fascinating book convincingly corrects that view, examining works in a wide variety of media and demonstrating the broad scope of the movement's revolutionary ideas about art, design, and society. Led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelites' unflinchingly radical style, inspired by the purity of early Renaissance painting, defied convention, provoked critics, and entranced audiences. Many of their most famous paintings are featured, including Millais's Ophelia and Ford Madox Brown's The Last of England. This book also includes sculpture, photography, and the applied arts, the last of which shows the important role the Brotherhood played in the early development of the Arts and Crafts movement and the socialist ideas of the poet, designer, and theorist William Morris."--Publisher's website
After the Pre-Raphaelites : art and aestheticism in Victorian England( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge companion to the Pre-Raphaelites( Book )

16 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The group of young painters and writers who coalesced into the Pre-Raphaelite movement in the middle years of the nineteenth century became hugely influential in the development not only of literature and painting, but also more generally of art and design. Though their reputation has fluctuated over the years, their achievements are now recognised and their style enjoyed and studied widely. This volume explores the lives and works of the central figures in the group: among others, the Rossettis, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Ford Madox Brown, William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. This is the first book to provide a general introduction to the Pre-Raphaelite movement that integrates its literary and visual art forms. The Companion explains what made the Pre-Raphaelite style unique in painting, poetry, drawing and prose"--
Art for art's sake : aestheticism in Victorian painting by Elizabeth Prettejohn( Book )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the London circles of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Frederic Leighton, the notion of "art for art's sake" became a shared concern: if art is not created for the sake of preaching a moral lesson, or supporting a political cause, or making a fortune, or any other objective, what might art be? Art historian Elizabeth Prettejohn traces the emergence of the debates over this issue in the 1860s and 1870s, focusing especially on the Rossetti, Whistler, Leighton, and other protagonists of the Aesthetic Movement and their paintings - some of the most haunting and memorable images in modern art. The English painters' search for the formula to best express the idea of "art for art's sake" was a unified and powerful artistic undertaking, Prettejohn demonstrates, and the Aesthetic Movement made important contributions to the history of modern art."--Jacket
Frederic Leighton : antiquity, Renaissance, modernity( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This original collection of writings reinterprets the art of Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), challenging the view that limits him to the category of 'Victorian artist' and revealing his broader significance in the history of modern art. The book is the first to extend the discussion of Leighton beyond his life and works to address such current concerns as gender and sexuality, the artist's identity and self-positioning, and Leighton's position in relation to Aestheticism and Modernism. The contributors argue that not only does Leighton's profound commitment to the ancient and renaissance past not exclude him from an important role in modern art, but indeed it assures his position there."--Jacket
Interpreting Sargent by Elizabeth Prettejohn( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Singer Sargent's portraits probed the relationship between surface appearance and psychological depth. They sought out the tensions between class identity and individual personality. Not only in his portraits, but also in his landscapes, figure subjects, and mural paintings. Sargent's 'magical' style compels us to question our perceptions of surface and substance, illusion and reality." "Sargent's celebrity as the favored painter of the upper classes has compromised his reputation in the twentieth century. His portraits are often accused of glossing over social realities, sacrificing psychological depth to superficial brilliance. In this concise, beautifully illustrated introduction to Sargent's work, spanning France, England, and America, Elizabeth Prettejohn reinterprets his career."--Jacket
Love revealed : Simeon Solomon and the Pre-Raphaelites by Colin Cruise( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This publication marks the centenary of Simeon Solomon (1840-1905), a leading painter of the Pre-Raphaelite group that formed around Dante Gabriel Rossetti in the mid-nineteenth century. A precocious young talent, Solomon enjoyed early critical success with his paintings of biblical and classical subjects, but his public career was effectively destroyed when his homosexuality became public knowledge in 1873. Solomon is recognized today, however, as an important and influential figure in the Pre-Raphaelite circle. This book explores his work in the contexts of Pre-Raphaelitism, Judaism, and modern-day studies of masculinity
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema by Lawrence Alma-Tadema( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and Dutch and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The modernity of ancient sculpture : Greek sculpture and modern art from Winckelmann to Picasso by Elizabeth Prettejohn( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What can modern art have to do with ancient sculpture? Surely the excitement of modern art lies in its utter repudiation of classical example? Elizabeth PretteJohn's important and revisionist new book argues otherwise: that ancient sculpture and modern art have been in constant dialogue since Johann Joachim Winckelmann invented the modern discipline of art history. It shows how ancient sculptures could inspire artists such as Rodin, Leighton or Picasso, and how modern artworks could help to interpret sculptors such as Pheidias and Praxiteles. The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture will have strong appeal to students of modern art and the classics alike
J.W. Waterhouse : the modern Pre-Raphaelite by John William Waterhouse( Book )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This survey presents the work of John William Waterhouse (1849-1917), one of Britain's best-loved nineteenth-century painters. Although Waterhouse's compelling scenes are admired worldwide, the story of the man behind them is relatively little known. In these pages, he emerges as the 'modern Pre-Raphaelite', steeped in the colourful emotionalism of Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt, but also aware of exciting pictorial innovations that were taking place in France during the later nineteenth century." "Capturing the visual impact of the artist's richly coloured and seductive canvases, this book explores Waterhouse's particular vision of femininity. Especially significant to him were the intense passions celebrated by Homer and Ovid in their retellings of classical myths, by Shakespeare, and by Tennyson and Keats in Romantic verse. His engagement with these poets is revealed in such magnificent pictures as The Lady of Shalott, St Cecilia, Hylas and the Nymphs and A Mermaid." "Sumptuously illustrated and with contributions from leading authorities on Victorian art, this book places Waterhouse's renowned paintings in their proper context and demonstrates his distinctive role in the history of British art."--Jacket
Modern painters, old masters : the art of imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War by Elizabeth Prettejohn( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the rise of museums in the 19th century, including the formation in 1824 of the National Gallery in London, as well as the proliferation of widely available published reproductions, the art of the past became visible and accessible in Victorian England as never before. Inspired by the work of Sandro Botticelli, Jan van Eyck, Diego Velazquez, and others, British artists elevated contemporary art to new heights through a creative process that emphasized imitation and emulation. Elizabeth Prettejohn analyzes the ways in which the Old Masters were interpreted by critics, curators, and scholars, and argues that Victorian artists were, paradoxically, at their most original when they imitated the Old Masters most faithfully. Covering the arc of Victorian art from the Pre-Raphaelites through to the early modernists, this volume traces the ways in which artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Orpen engaged with the art of the past and produced some of the greatest art of the later 19th century
Pater the classicist : classical scholarship, reception, and aestheticism by Charles Martindale( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pater the Classicist is the first book to address in detail Walter Pater's important contribution to the study of classical antiquity. Widely considered our greatest aesthetic critic and now best known as a precursor to modernist writers and post-modernist thinkers of the twentieth century, Pater was also a classicist by profession who taught at the University of Oxford. He wrote extensively about Greek art and philosophy, but also authored an influential historical novel set in ancient Rome, Marius the Epicurean, and a variety of short stories depicting the survival of classical culture in later ages. These superficially diverging interests actually went closely hand-in-hand: it can plausibly be asserted that it is the classical tradition in its broadest sense, including the question of how to understand its workings and temporalities, which forms Pater's principal subject as a writer. Although he initially approached antiquity obliquely, through the Italian Renaissance, for example, or the poetry of William Morris, later in his career he wrote more, and more directly, about the ancient world, and particularly about Greece, his first love. The essays in this collection cover all his major works and reveal a many-sided and inspirational figure, whose achievements helped to reinvigorate the classical studies that were the basis of the English educational system of the nineteenth century, and whose conception of Classics as cross-disciplinary and outward-looking can be a model to scholars and students today. They discuss his classicism generally, his fiction set in classical antiquity, his writings on Greek art and culture, and those on ancient philosophy, and in doing so they also illuminate Pater's position within his Victorian context, among figures such as J.A. Symonds, Henry Nettleship, Vernon Lee, and Jane Harrison, as well as his place in the study and reception of Classics today."--Jacket
Lawrence Alma-Tadema : at home in Antiquity by Lawrence Alma-Tadema( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This re-evaluation of the Dutch- born painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema traces his personal and artistic journey towards international fame and success in London and investigates how this exceptionally creative artist used his own houses and studios as laboratories to produce vivid paintings of life in ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Lawrence Alma-Tadema's paintings were immensely popular among his contemporaries, and have since enchanted a wide audience through the medium of cinema. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the great epic films of antiquity from Italian silent classics and Cecil B. DeMille to Ridley Scott's Gladiator will instantly recognize their origins in sets and costumes Alma-Tadema invented. Accompanied by glowing reproductions of the artist's rich and detailed works, this book boldly re-assesses Alma-Tadema's art through the idea of home: from his admiration for the interiors depicted in early Dutch paintings through his fascination with Pompeian ruins, to his creation of large studio houses that were artworks in their own right
The art of the Pre-Raphaelites by Elizabeth Prettejohn( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life, legend, landscape : Victorian drawings & watercolours by Joanna Selborne( Book )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction life, legend and landscape a miscellany Elizabeth Prettejohn -- William Etty's Female nude with a cast of the "Venus de' Medici" corporeal possibilities beyond the "graceful bend" Cora Gilroy-Ware -- Life drawings for dead subjects by Edward Poynter and Frederic Leighton Keren Rosa Hammerschlag -- "Feathered with azure and barbed with steel" skin and the thematics of touch in Rossetti's Venus Verticodia Lucetta Johnson -- The science of art and the art of science watercolours by Turner and Ruskin Laurence Shafe -- Order and disarray two watercolours by Frederick Walker Sally-Anne Huxtable -- Everyday variety and classical constraint in Victorian drawings Caroline Arscott -- Catalogue Joanna Selborne
Interpreting Sargent by Elizabeth Prettejohn( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rossetti and his circle by Max Beerbohm( Book )

6 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 23 watercolor caricatures of Pre-Raphaelites and other artists, writers, models, and mistresses surrounding the caricaturist
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Beauty and art, 1750-2000
The art of the Pre-RaphaelitesDante Gabriel RossettiAfter the Pre-Raphaelites : art and aestheticism in Victorian EnglandArt for art's sake : aestheticism in Victorian paintingFrederic Leighton : antiquity, Renaissance, modernityInterpreting SargentLove revealed : Simeon Solomon and the Pre-RaphaelitesSir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Alternative Names
Elizabeth Prettejohn American art historian

Elizabeth Prettejohn historiadora del arte estadounidense

Prettejohn, Elizabeth Francesca 1961-

English (204)

Dutch (3)

Persian (1)