The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was a group of English painters, poets, and critics, founded in 1848 by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The three founders were soon joined by William Michael Rossetti, James Collinson, Frederic George Stephens and Thomas Woolner to form a seven member "brotherhood".

The group's intention was to reform art by rejecting what they considered to be the mechanistic approach first adopted by the Mannerist artists who succeeded Raphael and Michelangelo. They believed that the Classical poses and elegant compositions of Raphael in particular had been a corrupting influence on the academic teaching of art. Hence the name "Pre-Raphaelite". In particular, they objected to the influence of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the founder of the English Royal Academy of Arts. They called him "Sir Sloshua", believing that his broad technique was a sloppy and formulaic form of academic Mannerism. In contrast, they wanted to return to the abundant detail, intense colours, and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art.

The Pre-Raphaelites have been considered the first avant-garde movement in art, though they have also been denied that status, because they continued to accept both the concepts of history painting and of mimesis, or imitation of nature, as central to the purpose of art. However, the Pre-Raphaelites undoubtedly defined themselves as a reform-movement, created a distinct name for their form of art, and published a periodical, The Germ, to promote their ideas. Their debates were recorded in the Pre-Raphaelite Journal.

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Study for the Queen in 'Laus Veneri' - George Frederick Watts - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
Study for the Queen in 'Laus Veneri'
George Frederick Watts
The Slumber of the Ages, 1901 - George Frederick Watts - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
The Slumber of the Ages, 1901
George Frederick Watts
The Rescue (right panel of diptych- location of lefthand... - Arthur Hughes - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
The Rescue (right panel of diptych- location of lefthand...
Arthur Hughes
Portrait of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1802-82), 1864 - George Frederick Watts - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
Portrait of Giuseppe Garibaldi (1802-82), 1864
George Frederick Watts
The Return of Tibullus to Delia: study for Delia - Dante Gabriel Rossetti - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
The Return of Tibullus to Delia: study for Delia
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The Picture Gallery in the Stroganov Palace in St.... - Andrei Nikiforovich Voronikhin - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
The Picture Gallery in the Stroganov Palace in St....
Andrei Nikiforovich Voronikhin
Preaching of Jonah, c.1860 - George Frederick Watts - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
Preaching of Jonah, c.1860
George Frederick Watts
The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice 1853... - Dante Gabriel Rossetti - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
The First Anniversary of the Death of Beatrice 1853...
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Self-Portrait - Maria Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman - www.pre-raphaelite-brotherhood.org
Self-Portrait
Maria Euphrosyne Spartali, later Stillman

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