Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Passion for the Pre-Raphaelites”

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Famed for his hit musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera and Joseph the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is less well-known as a collector of art.

But in this film he will reveal his passion for the Pre-Raphaelites as he shows us some of the best examples of this period from around the country, as well as selected works from his own collection.

The documentary is directed by James Runcie and executive produced by Jonathan Levi.

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Wikipedia: “The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The three founders were soon joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven-member “brotherhood”.

The group’s intention was to reform art by rejecting what they considered to be the mechanistic approach first adopted by the Mannerist artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo. They believed that the Classical poses and elegant compositions of Raphael in particular had been a corrupting influence on the academic teaching of art. Hence the name: Pre-Raphaelite. In particular, they objected to the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the founder of the English Royal Academy of Arts, whom they called “Sir Sloshua”. To the Pre-Raphaelites, according to William Michael Rossetti, “sloshy” meant “anything lax or scamped in the process of painting … and hence … any thing or person of a commonplace or conventional kind”. In contrast, they wanted to return to the abundant detail, intense colours, and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art. …read on.