The Pr-Raphaelites were a brotherhood of seven savant-garde painters. The paintings appeared almost flat as the source of light didn’t come from just the one particular direction to contour along the depths and shadows; but they were dramatic in deference to their moods and had a graceful appeal.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
The young Rossetti is described as “self-possessed, articulate, passionate and charismatic”but also “ardent, poetic and feckless”. Like all his siblings, he aspired to be a poet and attended Kings College School in its original location near the Strand. However, he also wished to be a painter, having shown a great interest in Medieval Art . He studied at Henry Sass’s Drawing Academy from 1841 to 1845 when he enrolled at the Antique School of the Royal Academy, leaving in 1848. After leaving the Royal Academy, Rossetti studied under Ford Maddox Brown with whom he was to retain a close relationship throughout his life