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Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty & Rebellion, Walker Art Gallery, until 5th June, £7

I will admit that my knowledge about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood is slim: Medieval themes.  Red hair.  “Art for art’s sake“. You can go into the Walker Art Gallery for free at any time and see a few lovely examples of these, or to Lady Lever in Port Sunlight and see even more.  So I have wanted to go down and see this exhibition at the Walker for a couple of months and was looking forward to an exploration of what the title promised.  Beauty and Rebellion.  For me the ‘Rebellion’ part of that is the most fascinating, as I like art which pushes boundaries.

Rossetti Venus Verticordia Rossetti, Venus Verticordia, 1863-68.  Photo from Liverpool Museums

The painting of the Pre-Rapahelite Brotherhood (PRB from here on in) are certainly very beautiful, and even if you go to this show without any knowledge of…

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