Beauty’s Awakening: Drawings by the Pre-Raphaelites and their Contemporaries from the Lanigan Collection
09 Oct 2015 - 03 Jan 2016
Prints, Drawings & Photography Galleries
Encompassing the entire Victorian era, this exhibition charts the broad evolution of British draftsmanship and illustrates the new appreciation developed for the art of drawing during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 to 1901. While inviting contemplation of artists operating within the Aesthetic Movement and the Arts and Crafts Movement, the exhibition highlights the work of Pre-Raphaelite geniuses, Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, as well as that of Academic champions Edward Poynter and Frederic Leighton. Through its range of subject matter, techniques and functions – from preparatory sketches to highly finished drawings intended as works of art in and of themselves – Beauty’s Awakening expresses the richness, diversity and flair of Victorian draftsmanship as seen through the eyes of a discerning collector.
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada.
Frederick Sandys, King Pelles’ Daughter Bearing the Vessel of the Sanc Graal, 1861. Pen and black ink on wove paper, 32.2 × 23.5 cm. Lanigan Collection, Saskatoon. Promised gift to the National Gallery of Canada. Photo © NGC