Art: God Was in the Details

A London show reveals the triumph of the Pre-Raphaelites

The big spring exhibition at London's Tate Gallery, "The Pre-Raphaelites," has been a roaring popular success. In attendance it has been surpassed at the Tate only by exhibitions of John Constable and Salvador Dali—fittingly, since it rivals the intense Englishness of the former while competing with the fulsome, more-than-photographic detail of the latter. The time is long past when hard-core modernists, secure in their belief that nearly everything England produced between the death of Turner and the arrival of Roger Fry was either hopelessly...

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