Art History: Religious Foundations as Second Voices: The Victoria Contemporary Figurative Artist, 1848-1870
Religious Foundations as Second Voices: The Victoria Contemporary Figurative Artist, 1848-1870
Presenter: Diana Reynolds
The period 1848 to 1870 was a defining era for British art with the rise of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Contemporary Figurative Artist. Through their paintings both movements responded intellectually, forcefully and realistically to the religious, social and cultural changes, driven by the industrialisation processes that engulfed Victorian society. Victorian England was strongly religious and in spite of this industrialised new world order and the emergence of the natural sciences, which introduced challenges to the spiritual power of the Bible, Victorian England maintained its dependence upon the providence of God.
This thesis focuses on interpreting a selection of contemporary human-centred paintings by Augustus Leopold Egg (1816-1863), Ford Madox Brown (1821-1893) and William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). The distinctiveness of these selected works is their realization through religious foundations, featuring biblical texts and latent biblical forms that relate directly to each artist’s rendering of the human form.
These religious foundations function as second voices of communication, opening up rich avenues of primary source research that provide significant insights into these multifaceted mid-Victorian contemporary human-centred paintings.
Diana Reynolds: After many decades in the film and television industry, both in production and senior management positions at the Australian Broadcasting Commission, plus a further five years working for overseas Film and Production companies, Diana Reynolds fulfilled a long-held ambition to undertake university studies. She completed her B.A., majoring in English Literature in 2017, and in the same year, embarked on a Master of Arts (Research).
This event will be held online via Zoom.