Wednesday, May 15, 2013

PRB Pilgrimage Part I: Delaware Art Museum

This past weekend I went on a journey...a pilgrimage of sorts.  This Pre-Raphaelite-obsessed lady went to the National Gallery to view the once in a lifetime Pre-Raphaelite exhibition there. 

Despite a passion for the Brotherhood that made me start this blog over five years ago, I have actually never seen a Pre-Raphaelite painting in person.  Well...not until this weekend.

The experience was far too much to contain in one blog, so I'm going to do a series of at least two or three.  First, I wanted to share pictures from my trip to the Delaware Art Museum.  The National Gallery exhibition was extremely strict about not allowing pictures.  Delaware, however, has the largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States.  And they were exceedingly kind and encouraging of photography, enthusiasm, etc.  While there, I met a security guard who also shares a passion for the Pre-Raphaelites.  (and gave him my card...hello if you're reading!)  Believe me, it was tempting to talk his ear off about these artists who so obsess and fascinate me.

So when I go to a convention or event and get to meet a celebrity, I like to get my picture taken with them as proof that I met them and for a memory.  It's understandable that I'd feel the same way about meeting these special pieces of art!  My friend Laurie indulged me and took my picture next to a few.  So I present to you...the Delaware Art Museum highlights!

The first image I saw at Delaware was this small portrait of Effie done by Millais on the trip when he first started falling for her.

This was on the wall by the entrance.  Yes.  I quite relate.

A Highland Lassie by Millais.  I always thought this was Effie?

The Red Lion chair.  Its companion chair was at the NGA exhibition.

Ah, hair biting.  Such a Pre-Raphaelite tease.

Three Women in a Garden Making Music by Kate Greenaway. 

A beautiful embroidered book.

The Somnambulist by Millais.  

Ahhh it's Rossetti's portrait of Lizzie!!  So tiny, so lovely, her pale eyelashes...  (dies)  Thought of you, Stephanie, while taking this one.  <3 br="">

Squee!  Beata Beatrix!  When I saw the painting done by Rossetti at the NGA exhibition, I was quite overcome.  No the point of needing to sit down and choke back sobs.  This version at Delaware was done by the studio assistant Charles Fairfax Murray.  And although it's technically amazing, I have to doesn't have the soul of the original.  But still...I was thrilled to be able to see it in person. you can see.

 Veronica Veronese.  Yay Alexa Wilding!!

Time for a quick rest break, mirroring the central gent in Burne-Jones Briar Rose painting, The Council Chamber.  

Hymenaeus by Burne-Jones.  Such lovely colors in person.

The Spring Witch by George Wilson.  The look on her face is just wonderfully rendered in person.

 Cupid's Hunting Fields by Burne-Jones.  This image is basically embossed it's so three-dimensional, and the metallic is just magnificent in person!

Love Sonnets by Marie Spartali Stillman

Alexa again!  This time in a beautifully soft full size study for La Bella Mano.

Getting goofy again, here I am mirroring Alexa's pose in the finished artwork, La Bella Mano.

Mnemosyne by Rossetti.

Once again I had to try mirroring the hand pose.  Water Willow...the portrait of Janey done on the shores of Kelmscott.  

Delaware also has an admirable collection of Howard Pyle art, including his most famous piece, The Mermaid.

So there you have it!  A brief look at my pilgrima....I mean Delaware Art Museum.  Here's a teaser for my next post...since photography wasn't allowed in the exhibition at the National Gallery, I had to get creative...and mildly blasphemous.

Stay tuned for part 2!


Alexandrion said...


You look gorgeous and right at your place next to those awesome pieces of art !!

James A Woods said...

I second what Alexandra says! A wonderful post and beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jane Harrington said...

Swoon, complete the faint, die...

(It's all gorgeous and so are you!)

helen said...

Looks like it was a great trip!-Lots of fun pics!
On another note
Believe it or not the weather channel had a short blurb about a town somewhere in MN, but what caught my attention was the Christina Rossetti room! I'd almost take a trip to MN to stay in a room like this (although I have to say the Agatha Christie room is even more my style...all aboard the Orient express)

Jenny said...

Lovely post! I am thrilled that "my" museum treated you so well. I will admit the on the floor Briar Rose picture was a surprise! I love what you are wearing, by the way.

I have been so lucky to see them in person since my teen ears, it makes me sad you had not had that experience until now. But it also makes me soooo excited for you!

Aleksandra said...

This is such a great post and I love everything you're wearing - it's so dreamy and definitively catches the Pre-Raphaelite spirit.

Grace said...

Thanks so much everyone!

The Long Victorian said...

Hello, I have just come across your wonderful blog, though I see that you have not updated it for a while, so I'm not sure if you'll read this.

I was amazed to see that you have a photo of someone standing next to the 'The Somnambulist' by Millais, apparently at the Delaware Art Museum. It combines two of my obsessions, The Woman in White (?) and the Pre-Raphaelites. I have twice asked about the whereabouts of this painting on my book blog - and contacted Bolton Council (previous owners), but they couldn't help.

But now the mystery may be solved. Alas, it is no longer 30 miles away from me, but 3,500 ... but delighted it seems to be safe and has found a nice home in a public art gallery.