Professor Colin Cruise: Illuminating the Pre-Raphaelites

The revival of interest in medieval illuminated manuscripts began with the collecting practices of antiquarians in the eighteenth century. Victorian artists such as Rossetti and Burne-Jones rediscovered them, exploring anew their use of colour, composition and storytelling devices. This lecture examines these new encounters with the vividly coloured miniatures from the past to see how they transformed the paintings of an important group of British artists, the Pre-Raphaelites and their followers.

Colin Cruise is a freelance curator and writer and Emeritus Professor of Art History at Aberystwyth University. He has published widely on Victorian art, including many scholarly essays and exhibition catalogues and his book Pre-Raphaelite Drawing (Thames & Hudson, 2011). He is currently researching the works of the artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Frederic Cayley Robinson.


The Reginald Haggar Lecture Fund and the Raven Mason Collection present this special event free of charge, with the opportunity to make donations on the day.

This lecture is also generously supported by the Raymond Williams Foundation

Image: Edward Burne-Jones 'Summer Snow' (wood-engraving, c1863)

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