Premiering at the Legion of Honor, “Truth and Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites and the Old Masters” is the first major international exhibition to juxtapose works by England’s 19th-century Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with those that directly inspired its members: Italian and Netherlandish art that predated the High Renaissance. Through major loans of paintings, tapestries, and decorative arts, as well as significant works drawn from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s own collections, the exhibition will demonstrate the Pre-Raphaelites’ fascination with the Italian old masters, including Fra Angelico and Pietro Perugino and their northern contemporaries, such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling.
The exhibition will trace the Pre-Raphaelite circle’s “rediscovery” of Sandro Botticelli. It will also explore how the second generation of Pre-Raphaelites’ tempera revival practices were influenced by Raphael and artists of the late Renaissance, such as Titian and Veronese. Major loans of famous Renaissance paintings from collections in Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom, will illustrate these artistic affinities for the Legion of Honor’s audiences.
For more information, visit www.famsf.org/press-room/announcing-2018-exhibitions-legion-honor. Media contact: Miriam Newcomer, 415-750-3554, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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