Victorian art

Late Victorian art

Though this period sees a continuing interest in art for art's sake, Victorian artists never entirely give up their interest in moralizing.

c. 1880 - 1901

videos + essays

Subjects from classical mythology abound in late Victorian art.

Sir Frederic Leighton, <em>An Athlete Wrestling with a Python</em>
Sir Frederic Leighton, An Athlete Wrestling with a Python

An epic showdown between man’s moralizing musculature and serpentine sin.

George Frederic Watts, <em>The Minotaur</em>
George Frederic Watts, The Minotaur

Inspired by a campaign to raise the age of consent, Watts harked back to the Athenian version of the Hunger Games.

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, <em>Listening to Homer</em>
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Listening to Homer

This master of texture was wildly popular in the nineteenth century. Why was he forgotten during the twentieth?

Sir Frederic Leighton, <em>Bath of Psyche</em>
Sir Frederic Leighton, Bath of Psyche

Removing nearly all references to myth, Leighton focuses on the beauty of the nude and harmonious colors.

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