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Painting the Bible; representation and belief in mid-Victorian Britain.


Painting the Bible; representation and belief in mid-Victorian Britain.

Giebelhausen, Michaela.

Ashgate Publishing Co.


246 pages



British art and visual culture since 1750, new readings


Giebelhausen (art history and theory, U. of Essex) investigates the transformation of religious painting beginning in the 1840s. Her study interweaves many aspects of the social and cultural contexts, including the high-art ideal and its tradition, modification, and innovation. After discussion of the Pre-Raphaelite challenge and influence and what emerged from the turmoil of ideas, she looks in depth at William Holman Hunt whose work exemplifies many of the study's themes. The book is nicely produced, with 13 color plates in the front matter and numerous b&w illustrations throughout.

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