Elizabeth Prettejohn is Professor of History of Art and Head of Department, History of Art, at the University of York (UK). Her books on the Pre-Raphaelites and the Aesthetic Movement assessed the achievements of Victorian artists and placed them in relation to European Modernism. Her work on the critical fortunes of Victorian art has led to a more general interest in taste and aesthetics, explored in her books Beauty and Art 1750-2000 (2005) and The Modernity of Ancient Sculpture: Greek Sculpture and Modern Art from Winckelmann to Picasso (2012). Her most recent book, Modern Painters, Old Masters: The Art of Imitation from the Pre-Raphaelites to the First World War (2017), argues that Victorian artists were, paradoxically, at their most original when they imitated the Old Masters most faithfully. Liz is an active guest curator and has co-curated exhibitions on Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. In 2011 she gave the Paul Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery, London, on ‘The National Gallery and the English Renaissance of Art.'
Originally aired on April 15, 2021
Presented by Prof. Elizabeth Prettejohn