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Outside the royal circle

Wren Wertin
Special to the DailyPoet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a loyal member of the Pre-Raphaelites. His canvasses, such as "Proserpine," were colorful, and referenced other art and literature.

“The Pre-Raphaelites were a rebel group of the time, and they offered alternatives to the academic art of the day,” she said. “They were a very cutting-edge group. There are a lot of collectors now who buy this stuff, in particular Andrew Lloyd Weber.”

Pre-Raphaelite art is characterized by combining many elements, including literature, music and poetry. The canvasses are colorful and make no apology.

“A lot of them are based on the plays of Shakespeare, and the poems of Tennyson,” said Edwards. “And there’s a kind of theatrical quality about them. A lot of the artists used their friends as models, so that’s kind of fun, identifying them.”

The brotherhood of Pre-Raphaelite artists was often under fire for the controversial work it produced. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais have become synonymous with the movement. John Ruskin, a substantial voice in the art world, championed their cause.

Edwards was born in Australia but now lives in New York most of the year. She received her PhD. from Columbia University, and now teaches in New York. She will present many slides during her talk, and she will entertain questions following the presentation.

The event takes place at the Cordillera Valley Club in Edwards from 5:30-7 p.m. It’s $20 for Vail Symposium supporters, and $25 for all others. An optional buffet dinner will follow for $32. For more information call the Symposium at 479-0954.

Wren Wertin can be reached via e-mail at wrenw@vaildaily.com or phone at 949-0555 ext. 618.

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