The cult of beauty
The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 is now open at the V&A Museum in London, and charts the development of the movement through the final decades of the 19th century. Here, we bring you some of stunning images on display.
About the images
This month, The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900 opens at the V&A Museum in London, exploring the 19th-century artistic movement of Aestheticism. The movement, which sought to escape the ugliness and materialism of the Victorian era by creating a new kind of art and beauty, is widely viewed as revolutionary in its redefinition of the relationships between the artist and society.
The exhibition features paintings, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, wallpapers, photographs and costumes by some of the leading lights of the period – from William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Walter Crane, to George Aitchison and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, runs until 17 July. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the V&A or by phone. For more information visit the V&A website.