The Pre-Raphaelites

Birmingham Museums Trust holds the most important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art anywhere in the world.

Birmingham's collection has over 3000 paintings, drawings, prints and examples of decorative art and design. The Pre-Raphaelite galleries bring together highlights from this extraordinary collection to tell the story of the Brotherhood, their associates and followers, and their revolutionary contribution to British art.

The seven young friends who formed the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 changed the face of British art for ever. 

Led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, they rebelled against conservatism in Victorian painting. Instead, they admired the simplicity and clarity of medieval Italian art before Raphael (1483-1520), giving them their name ‘Pre-Raphaelites’.