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2019 Ordo Kalendar


2019 Calendar
10 x 12 & 5/8 inches
12 pages with hole punch for hanging

This year’s kalendar features the art of John Everett Millais, one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.  Though the “brotherhood” was short lived (begun in 1848, it had all but dissolved by 1853), its influence was considerable, as it marked a move away from the classicism of the so-called Grand Manner that dominated painting in the first half of the century, and toward Romanticism that arose in the second. 
The Pre-Raphaelites looked to the Middle-Ages, particularly the Italian Quattrocento, for aesthetic inspiration, and they valued bright, bold colors, alongside a near-photographic attention to detail.  However, by the 1860s Millais had moved away from both the medievalism and the precision of the Pre-Raphaelite style, and began to paint with the sort of looser technique one sees in such works as his portrait of John Henry Newman (1881) in the National Portrait Gallery, London. 

Despite this changing style, Millais retained an interest in religious subjects.  His first major work was Christ in the House of His Parents (1849-50), a depiction of the Holy Family that created a major stir due to its realistic re-imagining of a poor carpenter’s shop, while one of his last was St. Stephen (1895), a dark and brooding representation of the first martyr in the moments after his death.  In the time in between these two benchmark works, Millais was approached by the Dalziel brothers to do a series of illustrations of the Parables of Christ. 

Begun in 1857, the project took six years to complete, and when The Parables of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was finally published, it contained only twenty of the thirty illustrations that were initially proposed.  While contemporary reviews were mixed (some critics disapproved of the works due to a perceived lack of authenticity), Millais’s engravings have more recently been acclaimed for their strong lines and skillful execution of the boxwood etching technique.  A selection of these engravings, along with the associated text, is presented here.


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