William Holman Hunt (British, 1827-1910), The Awakening Conscience, 1853-54

William Holman Hunt, The Awakening Conscience, 1853-54, oil on canvas. © Tate, London, 2009

Sin and Salvation: Holman Hunt and the Pre-Raphaelite Vision

February 14 – May 10, 2009


British painter William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood with his friends John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1848. 

The group challenged the artistic, political, social and religious values of the time. Taking subjects from history, literature and modern life, Hunt addressed gender relations, the crisis of faith and problems in the Middle East – difficult issues which have resonance for us today. The exhibition brings together more than 60 works, including Hunt's most famous paintings, The Awakening Conscience, The Light of the World and Isabella and the Pot of Basil. Also on view are costumes from the artist's studio, works on paper and historical documents.


Holman Hunt: "Branding" a Vision

Holman Hunt: Pre-Raphaelite Passion

Organized by

The Art Gallery of Ontario, in association with Manchester Art Gallery

The exhibition is supported by

through the Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program. 

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