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A Dream of the Past

Painting of woman wearing flower crown

Works by:

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt, Sir John Everett Millais, Alma-Tadema, Frederic Lord Leighton, G.F. Watts, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and other artists of the Aesthetic Movement

A Dream of the Past

Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Movement Paintings, Drawings, Watercolours

April 7–September 22, 2000

University of Toronto Art Centre

This exhibition of nearly 130 Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood works from the Dennis Lanigan collection is supplemented by works from the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and private Toronto collections. The so-called PRB admired the purity and simplicity of art from the early Italian Renaissance, that is before Raphael, thus giving the title to their group.

The exhibition gives a sense of the distinctive style, and the literary and classical themes favoured by the PRB. Dr. Dennis Lanigan’s “Collector’s Acknowledgement” in the catalogue for A Dream of the Past tells the story of how his collection was formed, and his descriptions of each work are lively and detailed. The selection covers chiefly the second phase of Pre-Raphaelitism, which along with Aesthetic and Academic Classicism made up the Aesthetic Movement.


William Morris: Was He a True Pre-Raphaelite?
Tuesday September 12, 2000, 4:30pm
Featuring Richard Landon
University of Toronto Art Centre


Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the project support of The Abraham and Malka Green Foundation in the publication of the catalogue.

Title Image: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, A Study of the figure of love for “Dante’s Dream at the Time of the Death of Beatrice,” 1874. Black, red, brown and grey chalk on pale grey-green paper. 147 x 107 cm.

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