Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters. Presenting the first major international exhibition to assemble works by England's 19-century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with the medieval and Renaissance masterpieces that inspired them. Through important loans of paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts from international collections, as well as more than 30 works drawn from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the exhibition will demonstrate the Pre-Raphaelites' fascination with Italian masters, including Fra Angelico, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, and Paolo Veronese, as well as northern Renaissance painters such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.
It is difficult to imagine it now, but the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as this group of painters and one writer were initially known at their outset in London in 1848, was originally a highly contested rogue gesture of opposition to the Royal Academy’s historical elevation of Renaissance master Raphael. This exhibition at the Legion traces its lineage is to the Old Masters in full color.