This exhibition explores ideas that preoccupied artists and critics of the period—the relationship between art and nature, questions of class and gender identity, the value of the handmade versus machine production, and the search for beauty in an age of industry—issues that remain relevant and actively debated today.
Victorian Radicals is organized by the American Federation of Arts and Birmingham Museums Trust. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by Clare McKeon and the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation. Major exhibition program support for the Pittsburgh presentation is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.
Above: Frederick Sandys. Medea, 1866-68. Oil on composite wood with gilding. 11/16 x 5 3/8 in. Presented by the Trustees of the Public Picture Gallery Fund, 1925. © Birmingham Museums Trust. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Top: Designed by William Morris, printed by Thomas Wardle & Co. and sold by Morris & Co. "Kennet," design registered 1883. Indigo-discharge block-printed cotton. 24 5/8 x 37 15/16 in. Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums Trust, 1941. © Birmingham Museums Trust. Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Exhibitions landing page: John Everett Millais. The Blind Girl, 1856. Oil on canvas. 31 13/16 x 21 in. Presented by the Rt. Hon. William Kendrick, 1892. © Birmingham Museums. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.
Home page: Dante Gabriel Rossetti. La Donna della Finestra (detail), 1881. Oil on canvas with underdrawing in chalk and pencil. 38 3⁄16 x 34 1/4 in. Purchased, 1883. © Birmingham Museums Trust. Courtesy American Federation of Art