Does anybody else have a favorite Pre-Raphaelite painting?
My favorite Pre-Raphaelite painting is "The Lady of Shalott" by John William Waterhouse. The painting style is highly realistic and yet "off" somehow, like there's an otherworldly quality to it that speaks more to fantasy than anything else. It is very faithful to the spirit of the original Tennyson poem which is also retro-Arthurian.
A lot of the Pre-Raphaelites' paintings have that dreamlike quality to me that makes it oddly timeless despite the medieval setting. The typical Pre-Raphaelite woman in these paintings doesn't really look much different from one today, fashion-wise, if you go for the peasant blouse look.