The National Gallery of Australia’s current Pre-Raphaelite survey exhibition, co-curated by Carol Jacobi from Tate and Lucina Ward from the NGA, feels like a family reunion. John Everett Millais’s Ophelia (1851–52) and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott (1888) have made the long voyage from England to join stellar works from Australian collections, such as Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s ‘Why seek ye the living among the dead?’ St Luke, Chapter XIV, verse 5 (c.1875–90) from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Also in attendance are lesser-known pieces, such as Robert Braithwaite Martineau’s Kit’s writing lesson (1852), that, on occasion, dare to outshine some of the more iconic images.
Love and Desire: Pre-Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate (National Gallery of Australia)
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Keren Rosa Hammerschlag is an art historian who works on nineteenth-century painting, and the intersections of art and medicine during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. She recently accepted a Lectureship in Art History and Curatorship at the Australian National University, and will be taking up the position in October 2018. From 2013–18, Keren taught in Art History and Women’s and Gender Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Before that, she was a Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London. She holds an MA and PhD in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London). She is the author of the book Frederic Leighton: Death, Mortality, Resurrection (Ashgate/Routledge 2015) and several articles on Victorian neoclassicism and medical portraiture. She is currently working on a book about the representation of race in Victorian painting.
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