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Dec. 22-March 6

Founded in 1848, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, was a group of English painters, poets and critics, whose aesthetic preferences were influenced by medieval literature and art. Their works, however, were realistic in their attention to detail and often involved social commentary. John Everett Millais’ “Spring (Apple Blossoms)” (1859), for example, presents young Victorian girls enjoying a picnic at an apple farm, yet conspicuously intruding on the right is a giant sickle, a symbol of the grim reaper and indication that youth and beauty are finite.

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