The Lady of Shalott film is one of the most beautiful projects I have ever seen. On an aesthetic level, it encompasses everything I love: diligence to history and craftsmanship, the poetry of Tennyson, and a lush, cinematic quality that allows you to briefly be cocooned into the medieval world of Elaine of Astolat. On a personal level, I consider the makers of the film to be wonderful friends who were quite kind to me last year after my husband endured a horrific accident.
The Lady of Shalott film has announced that when they reach 1500 ‘likes’ on their facebook page, they will release the film online for free. So, please, like them on facebook. Tweet and blog their link for your friends to see. Because if you haven’t seen it yet, you are going to love their Lady of Shalott!
Please read my recent post at Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. We’re going through a difficult time and I’m so grateful that WAG Screen has offered to donate 50% of their Lady of Shalott DVD sales for the next five weeks to my family. I understand if purchasing the dvd is not something you can do at this time. But just helping me to spread the would will help a great deal and I would be so appreciative. Buy the Lady of Shalott DVD for a special cause!
On my blog Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood, I’ve started a reading project. I’d love for you to join me. Hopefully it will grow into an active book discussion group. The current theme is Pre-Raphaelite inspired reading and we’ll be exploring works that inspired the Pre-Raphaelites.
I’d also like to mention two wonderful Pre-Raphaelite blogs. The Kissed Mouth is written by Kirsty Walker, who I deeply respect and admire. Kirsty is the author of the first full length biography of Pre-Raphaelite model Fanny Cornforth, which she is currently revising. Her new blog, The Kissed Mouth, explores her interest in Cornforth and Pre-Raphaelite art. fannycornforth.blogspot.com
The second blog is The Awakening Conscience: musings on Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by Tony Riches. It’s an enjoyable, well-written blog and I look forward to reading more of it!
If you’re lucky enough to be in the Birmingham area in July, Lucinda Hawksley will be giving a talk! The author of Lizzie Siddal, the Tragedy of a Pre-Raphaelite Supermodel will be speaking the Waterhall at 2pm on Sunday 3rd July. More information can be found here.
Lucinda also has a new book out: 50 British Artists You Should Know. I love it that Ophelia graces part of the cover!
The section enclosed includes poems submitted by children, strangers and Kim Morrissey whose works often examine the role of women in nineteenth century culture.Bacillus Mycoides and other bacteria were used to depict Ophelia’s soul and breath in the animated painting.
Submit your own poetry/dedications to Ophelia by voice mail to complete this art installation.
Please participate in this project by leaving a poem to Ophelia on her voice mail at +44 (0) 2071839366 (standard land line Uk rates in the UK).
Barbara Webb has narrowed down the location where Millais sat to paint the background to Ophelia. Ophelia is not only one of the artist’s most famous works, it is also one of the most recognizable images of Elizabeth Siddal. Read the entire article at Telegraph.co.uk.
Originally published in Manchester Guardian on 29 March 1904. William Michael Rossetti starts off with the intention of setting the record straight that John Ruskin did not “set Pre-Raphaelitism going”. Excerpt below, click here to read the entire article.
A new article in the Spectator explores Barbara Leigh Smith, later Bodichon. Written by Charlotte Moore, this charming piece introduces us to her ‘Aunt Barbara’, whose circle of friends included many famous Victorians. I recently saw the sketch that Barbara made of Elizabeth Siddal in The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites by Elizabeth Prettejohn. The sketch, currently owned by Mark Samuels Lasner, shows Lizzie posing with irises in her hair while Lizzie posed for Bodichon, Anna Mary Howitt, and Rossetti.
Via The Spectator, please click to read entire article:
Via Hasting’s Art Forum: 150 years ago on May 23rd 1860 the Pre Raphaelite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti married his lover and model Lizzie Siddal in St. Clements Church Hastings. Lizzie later became a fine artist and poet in her own right. Sadly just two years later she died. To commemorate the wedding there will be an exhibition by local artists in St Clements Church from 10.00am until 4.00pm daily from Sunday 23rd – Monday 31st May. Exhibiting artists include Ron Nicola, Jane Marriner, Mike Williams, Alan Wright, Simon Hookey, Bruce Williams and Beth Boorman. Exhibits include paintings, stained glass, photography and wood carving. Local children will also exhibit. The works of art already in the church will also be on display including the brasses (which are usually covered) and the Sanctuary Light given to commemorate the wedding. On the evening of Saturday May 22nd there will be a concert of song and prose inspired by the Pre Raphaelites given by Susannah Appleyard and members of the Hastings Arts Forum poetry group. On Sunday May 23rd there will be a sung evensong at 7.00pm to commemorate the anniversary itself. Sitters are also needed to look after the exhibition so we can keep it open all week. Contact Keith Leech on 01424 716576 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The fabulous team behind the Lady of Shalott film is at it again! Their current project involves creating four short comic sketches based on famous paintings. They have already created Mona Lisa and American Gothic and are about to do Girl with a Pearl Earring (Vermeer). You may remember that I’ve included the Mona Lisa and American Gothic videos in a previous post.
Now here’s where you come in! They have not fully decided which painting to do for the fourth video, and a Pre-Raphaelite work is a possibility. As you can see in their work, they treat the subject matter seriously and with affection, but give it an amusing twist. I’ve been asked to open this query with readers of this blog. They would love to hear your suggestions on which Pre-Raphaelite painting to tackle for their fourth video, so please post a comment!