Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision

Holman Hunt, Awakening Conscience
  • Saturday 11 October 2008 - Sunday 11 January 2009
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE
This autumn Manchester Art Gallery stages the first international exhibition in over 40 years dedicated to the life and work of Pre-Raphaelite master William Holman Hunt.

For the first time ever, you can see all three versions of Hunt's world famous painting The Light of the World displayed together, alongside popular works such as The Awakening Conscience and Isabella and the Pot of Basil.

It's an opportunity to see rarely shown drawings and watercolours by Hunt, including a self-portrait on loan from the Uffizi gallery, Florence, Italy. 

These are complemented by favourite works from the gallery's own collection including The Hireling Shepherd and The Scapegoat.

Find out more about Hunt's central role in the radical Pre-Raphaelite art movement too. Displays including maps, photographs and letters trace his life in the UK and periods of residence in the Middle East.

Explore contemporary views of Hunt's work through interactive displays created by families of different faiths. Add your own thoughts about Hunt's religious paintings and their continuing relevance today.

For those who enjoy quiet study and reflection, reading and seating areas are provided. You might also prefer to avoid times when we have tours or group visits planned.

For advice on best times to visit  Tel: 0161 235 8888.                                             Email: magevents@manchester.gov.uk 


Holman Hunt, The light of the World

The Light of the World, 1852, William Holman Hunt

If you'd like to visit as a group, please book in advance. Contact Meg Parnell. Tel: 0161 235 8855. Email: magevents@manchester.gov.uk 

Read Carol Jacobi's recent article, Holman Hunt: The Hirst of his time for the Guardian Online.

Exhibition organised by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada in association with Manchester Art Gallery.

Exhibition supported by the North West Regional Development Agency.

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