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Vibrant colors, engaging themes in exhibition of British Pre-Raphaelite paintings and photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. (Feb. 14)

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SHOTLIST:AP Television - Clients OnlyWashington, DC 14 February 2013Location - Date1. Wide of gallery with Pre-Raphaelite paintings2. Mid view of gallery with Pre-Raphaelite paintings3. Mid view of John Everett Millais painting titled "Ophelia"4. Close view of face of "Ophelia"4. SOUNDBITE: Alison Smith, Curator - Tate Britain"These paintings have never gone out of fashion. They've always been a favorite of the British public. Indeed, I think you can truthfully say that Pre-Raphaelitism has been the most popular and most famous of all British art movements. One which has translated, become influential abroad."5. Painting of 6. Close view of girl's face7. Close view of parent's face8. Mid view of man looking at portrait9. SOUNDBITE: Alison Smith, Curator - Tate Britain"These paintings shocked the British public because of the brilliance of color. And also this very real way of treating sacred subjects, subjects from literature. You have to remember that at the time most paintings in public exhibition were brown color. 10. Wide of "Jesus Washing the feet of St. Peter" 11. Wide of gallery - zoom to William Holman Hunt's painting "The Shadow of Death."12. Wide of Dante Gabriel Rosetti's painting "found"13. Close view of woman's face14. Close of man's face15. SOUNDBITE: Diane Waggoner, Associate Curator - National Gallery of Art"And so there were very involved with many of the troubling issues of the day that involved gender, class, poverty, labor. You know, these were artists incredibly engaged with their contemporary world."16. Wide view of William Holman Hunt "Il Dolce far Niente"17. Close view of face in "Il Dolce far Niente"VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:IF YOU WANT TO FIND PASSION IN THE ART WORLD, LOOK NO FARTHER THAN THE NEW EXHIBITION OPENING AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART IN WASHINGTON, DC.THESE ARE THE "SHOCK AND AWE" OF THE BRITISH ART IN VICTORIAN ENGLAND.DEPICTIONS OF LOVE, EROTICISM, AND PROSTITUTES, WERE CONTRASTED WITH LANDSCAPES AND BIBLICAL THEMES IN PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTINGS.ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS PAINTINGS OF EROTICISM AND LOVE IS "OPHELIA" - HAMLET'S DROWNING LOVER. BUT IS THE OPHELIA DROWNING OR IN SEXUAL BLISS?THE ARTIST, JOHN EVERETT MILLAIS LEAVES THE ANSWER TO THE VIEWER.HE PAINTED HIS MODEL WHILE SHE POSED IN A BATHTUB IN HIS STUDIO IN THAT DRESS.(SOUNDBITE: (English) Alison Smith, Tate Britain:)"These paintings have never gone out of fashion. They've always been a favorite of the British public. Indeed, I think you can truthfully say that Pre-Raphaelitism has been the most popular and most famous of all British art movements. One which has translated, become influential abroad."SUBJECT MATTER INCLUDED DOMESTIC BLISS AND HARMONY WITH THE FAMILY, PAINTINGS OF FRIENDS AND RELATIVES.CHILDREN WERE ALSO A FAVORITE SUBJECT.ALONG WITH PORTRAITS OF CONTEMPORARY SCHOLARS AND TEACHERS.(SOUNDBITE: (English) Alison Smith, Tate Britain:)"These paintings shocked the British public because of the brilliance of color. And also this very real way of treating sacred subjects, subjects from literature. You have to remember that at the time most paintings in public exhibition were brown color." RELIGIOUS SUBJECTS ALSO APPEARED FREQUENTLY IN PRE-RAPHAELITE WORKS.FROM THIS PAINTING OF JESUS WASHING THE FEET OF JOHN THE BAPTIST...TO THIS LARGE CANVAS OF JESUS ANTICIPATING THE CRUCIFIXTION.PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTERS ALSO LOOKED TO SUBJECT MATTER IN EVERY DAY LIFE, INCLUDING STORIES OF WOMEN FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE WHO CAME TO THE CITY SEEKING WORK, AND THEN FELL INTO PROSTITUTION.IN THIS PAINTING BY DANTE ROSETTI, THE BOYFRIEND OF ONE GIRL COMES TO THE CITY AND TRIES TO PULL HIS COUNTRY GIRLFRIEND OUT OF PROSTITUTION.NINETEENTH CENTURY BRITAIN WAS NOT PRETTY.SOUNDBITE: Diane Waggoner, Associate Curator - National Gallery of Art:"And so there were very involved with many of the troubling issues of the day that involved gender, class, poverty, labor. IRONICALLY, BRITISH INDUSTRIAL EXECUTIVES WERE PRIME BUYERS OF THE PRE-RAPHAELITE PAINTERS.THEY SAW THE PAINTINGS AS A NATIVE BRITISH ART, AND MANY PAINTINGS ONCE HUNG IN MANSIONS ACROSS ENGLAND.THE EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART IN WASHINGTON ON SUNDAY AND RUNS THROUGH MID-MAY.TOM RITCHIE, ASSOCIATED PRESS(***END***)