Just a little post today on behalf of my good friends at the Pre-Raphaelite Society who organise their fantastic annual #PRBDay celebrations every 15th November to mark the founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood on 15 November 1848. Lots of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorianist bloggers, scholars and enthusiasts will be involved so do take a look.
My own contribution to this auspicious day will be a blog about Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s first oil painting The Girlhood of Mary Virgin, 1848-9, which was also the first exhibited painting to be signed ‘PRB’. I’ll be explaining some of the layers of symbolism and meaning in this often overlooked painting, and arguing that this work by the teenage Rossetti was, in fact, a radical artistic manifesto.
The Pre-Raphaelite Society work hard to spread the love and share knowledge about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, their circle(s) and their many followers. Not to mention and the profound influence they had on art, design and literature in Britain, Europe, America and even further afield. Tomorrow follow the hashtag #PRBDay on Facebook and Twitter, and do follow Madeleine Pearce @nouveaudigital Serena Trowbridge @serena_t and @PreRaphSoc on Twitter for all the #PRBDay fun.