National Gallery’s ‘Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites’ opens this October

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

2 October 2017 – 2 April 2018

Sunley Room

This autumn, one of the most celebrated paintings in the National Gallery, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434), will be exhibited for the first time alongside works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its successors.

Focusing on the profound influence this 15th-century masterpiece had on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Reflections will shed light on the different ways these young British artists of the 19th century responded to the painting and one of its most distinctive features, the convex mirror.

Featuring key loans from Tate’s Pre-Raphaelite collection, including Sir John Everett Millais’s Mariana (1851), Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Girlhood of Mary Virgin (1848–9), William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening Conscience (1853), and William Morris’s La Belle Iseult (1858) (the only completed easel painting he produced), this landmark exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view these paintings next to the work that inspired them.

John Everett Millais, Mariana, 1851 © Tate

Co-curated by Susan Foister, Deputy Director and Curator of Early Netherlandish, German, and British Paintings at the National Gallery and Alison Smith, Lead Curator of British Art to 1900 at Tate, the exhibition will show a wide range of exhibits from public and private collections, including one of the convex mirrors owned by Rossetti.

Co-curator of the exhibition Susan Foister says:

“This fascinating story has never before been presented in an exhibition and needed extensive collaboration between two institutions, the National Gallery and Tate, to make it happen. It has been a real pleasure to work with co-curator Alison Smith, Lead Curator of British Art to 1900 at Tate, who first proposed the idea for this exhibition.”

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