14 January 2021

Winter Lecture: Pre-Raphaelites – dreaming of a medieval past

During the 19th century the Pre-Raphaelites created countless images of medieval history and legends.

These pictures by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and others served as metaphors of an alternative world far away from the challenges of contemporary life.

While British society was rapidly changing during the age of Empire and Industrialisation, pictures of perfect kings, saints and fairy tales offered the imagination a temporary escape, a place to lose oneself and a social ideal to aspire to.

In 2020 Bristol Museum & Art Gallery was meant to host a major exhibition on this subject with loans from Tate, the Fitzwilliam Museum and others, but the Covid-19 pandemic meant the show had to be cancelled. This lecture is a tour of our ‘lost’ show.

Speaker: Dr Jenny Gaschke, curator of pre-1900 art at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Jenny studied Art History and Archaeology in Freiburg, Glasgow and Berlin. After working as assistant curator at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Jenny joined the curatorial team at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich in 2009. She has been a curator at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery since 2012.

Jenny’s specialisms are European landscape painting 1600–1900 and the Bristol School. She has curated exhibitions including Turmoil and Tranquility: The sea through the eyes of Dutch and Flemish Masters, on William Hogarth and early watercolours by J. M. W. Turner. She has published catalogues, monographs and articles on a wide range of subjects such as art and travel, Edward Lear in Egypt and the Bristol School’s attitude to nature.

How to take part

Due to COVID-19, this winter lecture season will take place over Zoom.

Please book your place below. Details of how to join the session will be in your registration email. Please check your spam folder if the email does not arrive. Bookings close at 3pm on Thursday 5 November.

All Winter Lectures are free and open to all thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives.

Please visit the Zoom website for guidance on joining meetings. Please allow extra time before the talk begins to make sure everything is working correctly. All guests will be muted once the talk begins. You are welcome to ask questions in the chat box throughout the talk.