Bio: William Holman Hunt

William Holman Hunt was an English painter who, together with Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais, was a founder in 1848 of the Pre-Raphaelites. In all of his works, many of which are biblical scenes, he strove for Pre-Raphaelite goals of serious moral content, direct study from nature, and historical authenticity. His paintings—of which perhaps the two best known are Finding of Christ in the Temple (1854, City Museum, Birmingham, England) and Scapegoat (1854, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, England)—are minutely detailed and painted in a style characterized by crowded composition and bright, relatively crude colors.

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