The fine arts museums of san franciscos exhibition bringing together the pre raphaelites with the old italian masters was an unprecedented feat that demonstrated just how much inspiration the later painters took from their predecessors. Truth and beauty the pre raphaelites and the old masters is the first major international exhibition to assemble works by englands nineteenth century pre raphaelite brotherhood with the medieval and renaissance masterpieces that inspired them important loans of paintings works on paper and decorative arts from international collections as well as works drawn from the collections of the . The pre raphaelites lived in a period of intense change at their founding in 1848 england was a global superpower queen victoria was 29 years old and had been on the throne for 11 years she would reign for another 53 years. Published on the occasion of a major exhibition at the legion of honor in san francisco truth and beauty the pre raphaelites and the old masters is the first scholarly volume to focus extensively on the pre raphaelites and their historical sources. Truth and beauty the pre raphaelites and the old masters on view at the legion of honor museum in san francisco from june 30 september 30 2018 traces the brotherhood through the nineteenth century rediscovery of botticelli by the english art critics ruskin and walter pater which paralleled the tempera revival executed by the prb
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