We all enjoyed our visit to the halls of the Nineteenth Century (Romanticism and Victorianism) at the NSW Art Gallery visit yesterday. The highlight was Ford Madox Brown's monumental painting of Chaucer (Geoffrey Chaucer- father of English Literature) reading at the court of Edward III: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_Chaucer, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_III_of_England. Madox Brown, one of the great pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, was - in the middle of the 19th Century- trying to bring people back to the amazing world of the pre-Renaissance: a world of purity, art, culture, Life.... all the values missing (they[P.B.] thought) missing from Victorian England: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Raphaelite, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Madox_Brown. Madox Brown's most famous work "Work"! is featured in the Norton Gallery (text) and is central to understanding how the Victorians thought about themselves... take a closer look: http://www.victorianweb.org/painting/fmb/paintings/hikim2.html (incidentally this web link [victorianweb] is one of the best literary web sites in existence... it is worth looking around it... brilliant. Also look at:
http://www.manchestergalleries.org/ford-madox-brown/. Here is Madox Brown's painting we explored in the gallery yesterday:
And here are some of our appreciative onlookers:
And here is our last group caught in the process of trying to find "the odd man out"- which was the Romantic Painting in this gallery of Enlightenment Extravaganza!???
See you all next week.....
Shakespereans... in the Shakespeare room at the State Library... don't be late 9.45am Tuesday!