April 1, 2017
William Holman Hunt, The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, 1867, line engraving, 33 1/8 x 43 3/16 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, gift of Ray and Darcy Kahler, Frederick and Emily Robinson, and Joseph and Catherine Wright, 2011.
English painter William Holman Hunt was born on this day in 1827. Hunt was one of the founding members of the Pre-Raphelite movement of art. The Pre-Raphelites drew inspiration from realistic portrayals of nature, spiritualism, and Classical postures and compositions in their artwork. Hunt, following his training at the Royal Academy, joined with Joh Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti to form the Pre-Raphelite brotherhood. Hunt found success in his art throughout his life, though his religious artworks were more successful than his landscapes or genre paintings.