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Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism

Parabola of Pre-Raphaelitism

In a nutshell

This exhibition highlights the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, founded by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel in 1848. This art movement was championed by the art critic and artist, John Ruskin. This brotherhood desired art similar to that before the time of Raphael, using intense colors, focusing on nature and Biblical and historical themes. The exhibition consists of artwork by all of these artists and continues through to the work of other Brotherhood associates, Edward Burne-Jones in particular and the decorative arts of William Morris.

The venue

The Mitsubishi Ichigokan is a Queen Anne style red brick building with a beautiful garden area surrounded by boutiques and shops. The exhibition rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

The list of works and the introduction and chapter panels, and title cards are in English. However, all additional biographical information and all extended captions are in Japanese only. Thankfully there is an audio guide in English, which is highly recommended. Without it, the themes of the exhibition would be difficult to understand..


Photographs are allowed in one room.

The feels

The goals and themes of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood are somewhat esoteric.


This exhibition would be of interest to art nerds wanting to learn about this particular period, or as they referred to it, reform movement, in art history.

How far out?

Located in Marunouchi, about a five minute walk from the Nijubashi-Mae or Hibiya metro stations.

How much time?

45 minutes to an hour with the audio guide.

How much money?

¥1,700 for general admission. If you are bring a foreign passport (or fill out a very short form), you can get a ¥200 discount.

Until when?

Until June 9

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art

See it only if learning more about Pre-Raphaelitism sounds interesting to you.



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