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Arts Diary: Pre-Raphaelite pioneer's work on show at Lady Lever.

AN early painting by Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais has gone on show at the Lady Lever Art Gallery after being acquired by the gallery.

Cymon and Iphigenia was painted by Millais in 1848 when he was in his late teens.

It was also the year that he founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with fellow artists William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The Brotherhood had reacted against a painting style and subject matter of which Millais's Cymon and Iphigenia was fairly typical. Millais's Christ in the Home of His Parents was painted just two years later in his new style and provoked outrage for its ordinary realism with a religious subject. Some thought it was sacrilegious.

But it had its supporters -- including Prince Albert and critic John Ruskin -- and the Pre-Raphaelite style gradually became accepted.

The painting has now gone on display at the gallery which opens every day, 10 am -5pm with free admission.

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 29, 2004
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