The Pre-Raphaelites and the “Mood of the Cloister”

  title={The Pre-Raphaelites and the “Mood of the Cloister”},
  author={Herbert M. Sussman},
In his classic study of the Gothic revival, Kenneth Clark describes the transformation of the Gothic from its eighteenth-century associa tions with the non-rational, the non-civilized, and the mysterious into the sacramental Gothic created in large measure by Pugin and Rus kin.1 This transformation of medievalism continued through the nine teenth century. By the 1860s, sacramental Gothic had been subverted, changed into what Walter Pater calls in his essay "Aesthetic Poetry " a " profounder… CONTINUE READING