The Pre-Raphaelite Aesthetic Body

Date Description
25 April 2017
Tuesday 25 April 2017 7.30 pm


Madeleine Emerald Thiele Aberystwyth University
The Pre-Raphaelites often championed depictions of the disconnected, broken male body, although this was in distinct contrast to more muscular ideals of the Victorian male. Thomas Carlyle envisioned the religious body as Calvinistic, sweaty and brow-beaten, whereas the Pre-Raphaelite male embraces Walter Pater’s ideas of beauty and the ‘heresy of the didactic’. Madeleine Emerald Thiele will examine the construction of the early Pre-Raphaelite male body and its links with Aestheticism.