FEBRUARY 15, 2007—AUGUST 16, 2008
British art during Queen Victoria’s long reign (1837-1901) included scenes from mythology and literature, history and contemporary life, mostly painted in a meticulously realistic style easily appreciated by all. Visitors to the great exhibitions of the time marveled at the paintings’ technical virtuosity, sumptuous colors, and narrative power, convinced that they were living in a great age of art. However, as the art world moved toward modern abstraction in the early twentieth century, much Victorian art became unfashionable. Australian businessman John Schaeffer is among the collectors of the last three decades who have rediscovered the quality and appeal of these works. The Brigham Young University Museum of Art is delighted to present this selection from his world-class collection.