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Pre-Raphaelitism, the style popularised by the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood from 1848, was a reaction to the academic traditions that saw Raphael as the ideal artist. It treated serious subjects with intensity and extreme realism. Early members included William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. Its later phase, seen in the work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones, has a more mystical nature.

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