Author: Ingeborg Bugge

Botticelli’s influence on british pre-Raphaelites

In order for us to understand why Sandro Botticelli’s influence is of such relevance that the Uffizi Galleries renovate the Florentine master’s display to accommodate the modern viewers’ experiences, we shall draw a brief overview on the impact his style had on a small group of British painters, who initiated a trend commonly known as the pre-Raphaelites. So why, all of a sudden, would an old Italian master like Botticelli obtain such a huge impact on British painting as late as in the middle of the 19th century? To seek for an answer, we shall go back to the very starting point: London on a September day in the year of 1848. As a protest against the prevailing conservative history painting at the Royal Academy, a group of young artists congregated in an intellectual as well as a spiritual comradeship and formed what they rather solemnly named the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Initially the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood was formed by only three young men at the age of 19-21, that is, William Holman (1827-1910), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), …