Friday, October 30, 2020

William Michael Rossetti

William Michael Rossetti (1829 –1919) was an English writer and critic. 

Born in London, he was a son of immigrant Italian scholar Gabriele Rossetti and his wife Frances Rossetti née Polidori.

He was one of the seven founder members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. It was William Michael Rossetti who recorded the aims of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood at their founding meeting in September 1848:

  • To have genuine ideas to express:
  • To study Nature attentively, so as to know how to express them;
  • To sympathize with what is direct and serious and heartfelt in previous art, to the exclusion of what is conventional and self-parading and learned by rote;
  • And most indispensable of all, to produce thoroughly good pictures and statues.

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