WHAT’S SO RADICAL ABOUT THESE VICTORIAN ARTISTS?
As industrialization brought sweeping changes to British life in 19th-century England, the rebellious artists and designers in Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement challenged the new industrial world and reasserted the value of the handmade over the dehumanizing sterility of mass production. While these works of art may not offend the sensibilities of today’s audiences, they were referred to as “Lamentable and revolting . . .” and as “. . . Monstrously perverse . . .” by their contemporary critics. Through 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures, stained glass, jewelry, sculpture, textiles, and decorative arts, this exhibition explores a group of artists and craftspeople who used their work to address class disparity, a changing urban environment, and the rise of new technology.