Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tate Museum of Art Millais Exhibit

The Tate Museum is home to one of the largest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. Sadly, I live too far away from Great Britain to make regular visits, but I've discovered that it's possible to do a "virtual tour" of the Tate online. The Tate has one of the best online portals I've seen, with in-depth comments on various works of art. Currently the Tate Britain (which holds works by British artists from the 1500s to today) is offering an exhibition of the works of John Everett Millais.

The works that are a permanent part of the Tate collection are available for viewing through the website (many works that are NOT on display in the museum can be viewed online). While I am a huge believer in the benefits of seeing original artworks, the internet can be an amazing tool when it is not possible to see works in person.

I was particularly impressed with the museum's teacher's guide to the exhibition, which is available for download. It would be ideal for art teachers anywhere in the world. The pdf file includes extensive notes, artwork and activities (available here). Even if you're not a teacher, it's an excellent way to become more informed about Millais's work. It is so nice to see so much effort going into bringing art to life!

The museum also has a great store, though I imagine shipping costs must be pretty steep if you're ordering from North America.

1 comment:

Bebe said...

What a great post! I'm off to the Tate right now to see some of their goodies!

You mentioned that some of the paintings are able to be seen online, but not necessarily on view at the museum. I always wonder what other things are hidden away in the basements or attics of these huge museums like the Louvre, Smithsonian, V&A, etc. Ohhhhhhh........... You always hear about these curators' that say "well, we were unaware of its' existence until the other day, when a janitor accidentally knocked the dust off of it."

Bebe :)