A Pre-Raphaelite Museum

In the 1850s, when Oxford University scientists were seeking inspiration for their new Museum, they turned to the bold, avant-garde art movement of their day - the Pre-Raphaelites. Guided by John Ruskin's call for 'truth to nature' in art, their principles and practices shaped the decoration of this intricate and stunning building.

In a talk on the museum, John Holmes, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Reading and Chair of the BSLS, explores how the Pre-Raphaelites became involved in the design of the Museum and reveals how the building as a whole encapsulates in stone, iron, and glass its own scientific conception of the truth of the natural world.

Friday 30th November 2012, 5 p.m.

Museum of Natural History, Parks Road,

Oxford, OX1 3PW


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