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Sunday Tweet: Of Blog Chains and Romantic Art

Sunday Tweet- Pre-Raphaelite Artist: Marie Spartali Stillman.

Tasha, a.k.a. as the GypsyScarlett, brings us another biography of a 19th century artist, this time a female member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. For those who don’t know what that is, here is a primer (and a walk through my memory lane of not so distant college days spent in the halls of the English Department):

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, whom they called “Sir Sloshua”. To the Pre-Raphaelites, according to William Michael Rossetti, “sloshy” meant “anything lax or scamped in the process of painting … and hence … any thing or person of a commonplace or conventional kind”.[1] In contrast, they wanted to return to the abundant detail, intense colours, and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian and Flemish art.

It was part of the larger wave of Romanticism that started in Germany with the Sturm und Drang movement (don’t say I don’t teach you anything!). What makes Tasha’s post worth reading, besides the great art, is that we get a peak at a female artist of the period. Romanticism in general is dominated by male figures (especially the English phase with luminaries like Byron and Shelley) but it also served as an opening for many women to explore the art, such as Marie Spartali Stillman. If you want to know more about her, just follow the link.

Oh, and if you like it, by all means, tweet it as well!

That was the first order of business, now on to the second:

The AW’s March Blog Chain is here, run by yours truly. The rules are like follows:

‘Tis time for another blog chain. This month’s theme is Surprising Secondary Characters. Write about a secondary character that surprise you in some way. There is going to be two parts, so please read carefully.

Part one: Describe the character in your novel in 50 words or less.

Part two: Post a scene that shows why this character is special in in 100 words or less.

You have two days to complete your post. When you are complete, please post a link to your post on the thread so I can let the next person in line know that their turn is up. If you are unable to participate, please PM me. If you fail to post on your blog and on the thread within two days, I will bump you down to the end of the line on the third day.

One additional note: Please include a list of all participants’ blogs on your blog.

The goal is to be creative, have fun and discover new blogs. So, step on up and join in the March’s blog chain. Don’t forget to include a link to your blog on the thread.

The entries so far:

Me- https://ralfast.wordpress.com
Yoghurtelf- http://thefarseas.blogspot.com/
Proach- http://desstories.blogspot.com
Knotane- http://knotane.wordpress.com/
LadyMage- http://katherinegilraine.com/
Dolores Haze- http://dianedooley.wordpress.com/

Still open for anyone who wishes to join.

You can join here if you’re a forum member, and if you’re not, what the heck are you waiting for?


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