The blockbuster show of Pre-Raphaelite art — along with an additional installation about Pre-Raphaelite book production, a fascinating topic– opens at the National Gallery of Art on February 17th. Attending this show is mandatory, since we’ll be talking in class about many individual paintings and poems, and the Pre-Raphaelite social experiment more generally. To get you primed for it, here’s a wonderful review of the show in its Tate Britain instantiation. There it was titled: “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde.” Here’s it’s been tamed, titlewise: “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Art and Design, 1848-1900.” But it’s still the same show. Below, William Holman Hunt, A Converted British Family Sheltering a Christian Missionary from the Persecution of the Druids, 1849–1850. Look at the plate in the foreground: breathtaking.