John Everett Millais and Steven MeiselAs one of the three founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, John Everett Millais, would create some of the most well-known imagery of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which looked to Quattrocento or 15th-century Italian art. Shakespeare often served as inspiration to the Pre-Raphaelites as seen in Millais’ 1851-52 painting Ophelia which portrays the tragic suicide of Ophelia in Hamlet. For Vogue‘s December issue in 2011, Steven Meisel took inspiration from the 19th-century movement, casting actress Saoirse Ronan as a Pre-Raphaelite “stunner.”

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais, 1851-2

Saoirse Ronan in The Cult of Beauty, photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue US December, 2011

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