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Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy

The Beyond the Brotherhood: The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy exhibit in Bournemouth, was located in the Russell Cotes Museum in Bournemouth. The exhibit itself was tucked away in the former home of the Russell Cotes family. The house itself serves as a living Memoriam to its owners and displays their collection of worldly arts and objects collected from their global travels. The exhibit was hung in a new build in the back of the original home a small and intimate home to the artwork inside. The exhibit relied heavily on its token piece ‘Venus Verticordia’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti using it for its advertisement, and suggesting other pieces of notoriety would feature throughout the exhibition. However, the other pieces seemed to have been chosen in haste. The artwork skipped between those of the Pre-Raphaelite era and more modern work. Having forced the idea that they have been inspired by the Pre Raphaelites legacy. However, the gaudy science fiction novels and concept art for Game of thrones cheapened the few token pieces from the era that they were so-called inspired from. The gallery was poorly lit and oddly arranged to intend to have the work in chronological order, but in fact, it jumped from said concept art to the previously mentioned ‘Venus Verticordia’ placed after, making it difficult to see the connection and proposed teachings and rhetoric from the Pre -Raphaelites in the contemporary art.

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