Subtlety is not a word that you’d associate with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. By and large, the work of these Victorian artists is decidedly high gloss and high octane, whisking the viewer back in time, down rabbit holes of myth and legend, and into the languid gaze of beauties with strong shoulders, pursed lips and clouds of russet hair.

John Everett Millais, Ophelia (1851-2). Photo © Tate, London

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