James Collinson, the Campo Santo and the Birth of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Vol. 15, p.5, 2006

8 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2009  

Jorge L. Contreras

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: Spring 2006

Abstract

No single work is more often cited as the spark that ignited the Pre-Raphaelite movement than Carlo Lasinio's folio of engravings depicting the frescoes adorning the walls of the Camposanto in Pisa. In this paper, the author draws on substantial circumstantial evidence to argue that James Collinson, one of the lesser members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, was th source for the transformative Lasinio engravings, and that he was drawn to them via Henry Newman's popular novel "Loss and Gain", which presaged Collinson's own conversion to Catholicism.

Keywords: Collinson, Pre-Raphaelite, Rossetti, Lasinio, Engraving, Campo Santo

Suggested Citation

Contreras, Jorge L., James Collinson, the Campo Santo and the Birth of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (Spring 2006). Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, Vol. 15, p.5, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1486466

Jorge L. Contreras (Contact Author)

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

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