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  • William Holman Hunt - A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian Missionary from the Persecution of the Druids
  • William Holman Hunt - Rienzi Vowing to Obtain Justice for the Death of his Young Brother Slain in a Skirmish between the Colonna and the Orsini Factions
  • William Holman Hunt - The Dead Sea from Siloam
  • William Holman Hunt - Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • William Holman Hunt - The Awaking Conscience
  • William Holman Hunt - The Shadow of Death
  • William Holman Hunt - The Miracle of the Sacred Fire, Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • William Holman Hunt - John Ruskin's dead chick
  • William Holman Hunt - The Eve of St Agnes
  • William Holman Hunt - The Hireling Shepherd
  • William Holman Hunt - A Flood
  • William Holman Hunt - The Scapegoat
  • William Holman Hunt - The Sphinx
  • William Holman Hunt - Nazareth
  • William Holman Hunt - Bianca
  • William Holman Hunt - Study of Firelight
  • William Holman Hunt - Portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk
  • William Holman Hunt - Valentine Sylvia from Proteus
  • William Holman Hunt - Christ and the Two Marys
  • William Holman Hunt - Il Dolce Far Niente
  • William Holman Hunt - The Lady of Shalott
  • William Holman Hunt - Amaryllis
  • William Holman Hunt - Quakers Meeting
  • William Holman Hunt - Our English Coasts
  • William Holman Hunt - Isabella and the Pot of Basil
  • William Holman Hunt - The Awakening Conscience
  • William Holman Hunt - Robert Braithwaite Martineau
  • William Holman Hunt - The Light of the World
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 William Holman Hunt
William Holman Hunt was a member of the 19th century artistic group the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, more commonly referred to as the Pre-Raphaelites. Hunt was an English painter, like most of the other Pre-Raphaelites, and thought that art should return to the aesthetic qualities held dear in the Renaissance by artists such as intricate detail and the use of bold colors. Holman painted many different subjects and themes throughout his life, everything ranging from landscapes to still life to religious subjects. The works that always received the most acclaim, and those that are best remembered today, are those that depict a religious scene or else have a strong religious backing to it.
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William Holman Hunt OM (2 April 1827 – 7 September 1910) was an English painter, and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

William Holman Hunt changed his middle name from "Hobman" to Holman when he discovered that a clerk had misspelled the name after his baptism at the church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Ewell. After eventually entering the Royal Academy art schools, having initially been rejected, Hunt rebelled against the influence of its founder Sir Joshua Reynolds. He formed the Pre-Raphaelite movement in 1848, after meeting the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Along with John Everett Millais they sought to revitalise art by emphasising the detailed observation of the natural world in a spirit of quasi-religious devotion to truth. This religious approach was influenced by the spiritual qualities of medieval art, in opposition to the alleged rationalism of the Renaissance embodied by Raphael. He had many pupils including Robert Braithwaite Martineau.

Hunt married twice. After a failed engagement to his model Annie Miller, he married Fanny Waugh, who later modelled for the figure of Isabella. When she died in childbirth in Italy he sculpted her tomb at Fiesole, having it brought down to the English Cemetery, beside the tomb of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. His second wife, Edith, was Fanny's sister. At this time it was illegal in Britain to marry one's deceased wife's sister, so Hunt was forced to travel abroad to marry her. This led to a serious breach with other family members, notably his former Pre-Raphaelite colleague Thomas Woolner, who had once been in love with Fanny and had married Alice, the third sister of Fanny and Edith.

Hunt's works were not initially successful, and were widely attacked in the art press for their alleged clumsiness and ugliness. He achieved some early note for his intensely naturalistic scenes of modern rural and urban life, such as The Hireling Shepherd and The Awakening Conscience. However, it was with his religious paintings that he became famous, initially The Light of the World (1851-1853, now in the chapel at Keble College, Oxford; a later version (1900) toured the world and now has its home in St Paul's Cathedral.

In the mid 1850s Hunt travelled to the Holy Land in search of accurate topographical and ethnographical material for further religious works, and to “use my powers to make more tangible Jesus Christ’s history and teaching”; there he painted The Scapegoat, The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple and The Shadow of Death, along with many landscapes of the region. Hunt also painted many works based on poems, such as Isabella and The Lady of Shalott. He eventually built his own house in Jerusalem.

Artistic style

Hunt's paintings were notable for their great attention to detail, vivid colour and elaborate symbolism. These features were influenced by the writings of John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle, according to whom the world itself should be read as a system of visual signs. For Hunt it was the duty of the artist to reveal the correspondence between sign and fact. Out of all the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Hunt remained most true to their ideals throughout his career. He eventually had to give up painting because failing eyesight meant that he could not get the level of quality that he wanted. His last major work, The Lady of Shalott, was completed with the help of an assistant (Edward Robert Hughes).

Awards and commemoration

Hunt published an autobiography in 1905 Many of his late writings are attempts to control the interpretation of his work. That year, he was appointed to the Order of Merit by King Edward VII. At the end of his life he lived in Sonning-on-Thames. His personal life was the subject of Diana Holman-Hunt's book My Grandfather, his Life and Loves.
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William Holman Hunt OM (2 avril 1827 au 7 Septembre 1910) était un peintre anglais, et l'un des fondateurs de la Confrérie préraphaélite. William Holman Hunt a changé son prénom de «Hobman" à Holman quand il a découvert que le greffier avait mal orthographié le nom après son baptême à l'église de la Vierge Marie, Ewell. Après finalement entrer dans...
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William Holman Hunt OM (2 April 1827 - 7. September 1910) war ein englischer Maler und einer der Gründer der Präraffaeliten. William Holman Hunt änderte seinen Vornamen von "Hobman" zu Holman, als er entdeckt, dass ein Angestellter hatte den Namen nach seiner Taufe Rechtschreibfehler in der Kirche von Saint Mary the Virgin, Ewell. Nach Eingabe schl...
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William Holman Hunt OM (2 Apr 1827 - 7 settembre 1910) è stato un pittore inglese, e uno dei fondatori della Confraternita dei preraffaelliti. William Holman Hunt cambiato il suo secondo nome da "Hobman" di Holman quando scoprì che un impiegato aveva scritto male il nome dopo il suo battesimo presso la chiesa di Santa Maria Vergine, Ewell. Dopo ave...
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William Holman Hunt OM (abril 2, 1827-septiembre 7, 1910) fue un pintor Inglés, y uno de los fundadores de la Hermandad Prerrafaelita. William Holman Hunt cambiado su segundo nombre de "Hobman" a Holman cuando descubrió que un empleado había escrito mal el nombre después de su bautismo en la iglesia de Santa María la Virgen, Ewell. Después de final...
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