The paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its associates shows several interwoven threads:

1. Narrative subjects based on literary works, chiefly by Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Keats usually concerning romantic, often tragic, love

2. Hard-edge Realism combined with Hogarthian Symbolism and Satire

3. Ruskinian Sacred Realism based upon Typological Iconography

4. Historical or Literary Subjects with Religious Symbolism or Allusion

5. Religious Subjects without Typological Symbolism


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