Spotlight on Sir John Everett Millais: Troubled Prodigy of the Royal Academy with Hattie Bennett

Spotlight on Sir John Everett Millais: Troubled Prodigy of the Royal Academy with Hattie Bennett


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John Everett Millais' astonishing artistic talent gained him entry to the Royal Academy schools at the age of 11 and he was set for a dazzling Academic career. Though at age 19, he threw away academicism to form with others the mysterious Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, the aims of the group were to look for artistic inspiration to the art made before Raphael's time.

Their group was subjected to harsh attacks from the media but found a supporter in John Ruskin–the eminent art critic. Millais's love affair with Ruskin's young wife, Effie led to the end of the brotherhood. Millais abandoning the technique and subject matter of the Pre-Raphaelites was criticized by the group but his career continued stellar, becoming one of the most famous artists working in Victorian England, and eventually assuming the role of President of the Royal Academy.

Led by an expert on Art History, Hattie Bennett, this conversation will focus on the life and work of John Everett Millais. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the formation of the artist's life and work.

This seminar has been designed to be enjoyed as part of an ongoing series of more than twenty Artist Spotlight talks, each highlighting a different artist in turn. For more information, click here.

Hattie has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors, she has a life-long passion and fascination in Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly works produced in Europe from the 16th to 18th century. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings. Hattie has worked for London's foremost framer of important old master paintings during which time she sharpened her appreciation and understanding of the decorative arts and the changing tastes of collecting. Recently she has been dealing in prints and works of art as well as taking groups of all ages to museums and galleries.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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