Contextual Historical studies

1850-1859, this is the pre-Raphaelite Art movement. There are 3 main artist in this movement, Sir John Everett Milas famous for painting ophellia, Dante Gabrielle Rossett famous for painting a lady called Elizabeth siddle, and finally a chap called William Holmam Hunt, he is famous for painting Scape Goat. Its about putting your sins onto a goat and letting it run free and doing this it takes the blame off all your problems. There are other artist from this period. Edward burn Jones he later was a tribute to the Arts and Craft Movement along with William Morris.
This was also the Brotherhood period.
Sir John Everett Milas’s paintings are extremely detailed and lovely. I really like them it fits with the movement.
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Dante Gabrielle Rossett’s is very similar to Milas’s work, its very detailed and painted in such a way were you can’t stop looking at it. Stunning.
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Hiroshige is a Chinese styled print. It is known in this period.

Last week in my not so lecture with tutor Adam Paxman, we looked at a lot of different sources and explored each one. The three I especially liked was Chang and Eng the conjoined twins who also was commonly known the Siamese twins which was obviously offensive however it has stuck and people still use the term to this day! They performed in a freak show, a circus. Chang and Eng performed as a side show. They may have classed them selves as freaks but they toured around America and were very popular! I thought this was extremely interesting and it lead me to Teratology which is the study of monstrosities or abnormal formations in organs. I love anything that is gory and horrible. I also looked at Phrenology. This is now a dead science as it was just ridiculous however it had many followers and many people believed the shape and size of your head and skull determined a persons destiny and personality. I also looked at ‘Blind’ Tom Wiggins who was blind and autistic. As a child he was a born slave, it wasn’t until later on in his life he was free man. He had a amazing talent  from an extremely early age he could play the piano. He had numerous original compositions published and had a lengthy and largely successful performing career throughout the United States! 

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