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Alea Roach A05760824 TA Brian Schumaker VIS 22 Midterm Exam Take-Home Essay Question #2 Within the context of Victorian society and the industrial revolution, women played an important role in the paintings of the Pre-Raphaelites. In the artists portrayal of women, the focus was on both the beauty and exoticism of the women, and also on the women’s’ hands, posture, and suggested sense of morality, or lack thereof. This specific depiction of these women allowed the artist to comment not only on the role of women and the fear of the infidelity of women within the Victorian society at that time, but also allowed the artists to criticize the other types of art in that era. In Pre-Raphaelite paintings, women were often portrayed as exotic. Painted with somewhat stoic expressions, the women in Pre-Raphaelite paintings were supposed to represent beauty in a pure form, as opposed to the other paintings of that era, which the Pre-Raphaelites thought were too artificial. A favorite subject of the Pre-Raphaelites was Jane Morris, an exotic looking woman featured in many Pre- Raphaelite paintings such as “La Pia De’Tolomei,” “Pandora,” and “Prosperine,” all by Rossetti. Pre-
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This note was uploaded on 05/16/2008 for the course VIS 22 taught by Professor Kester during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.

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