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Jimmy's article with the Tate Etc Magazine - from which I've seen a one line quote - has now been published online : here's the link . But also a transcript in case it's not accessible everywhere..

ttp://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/articles/jimmy-page-on-pre-raphaelites?utm_source=&utm_medium=&ut

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I have had a passion for the Pre- Raphaelites since my early teens. I would have initially seen them as reproductions, but I remember a visit to Tate and encountering the actual paintings. They had a profound effect on me. It was quite an experience – the realism of their technique along with the idealism, and of course the romanticism.

This was before I attended art college. Most people would assume that it was there that I was first exposed to their work, but actually the teaching and syllabus of that time was much more to do with modern art and using modern materials – acrylics in particular – so oil painting, particularly of earlier styles, was not championed. My study of Pre- Raphaelitism, if you need to call it that, was therefore entirely self-driven and a personal quest.

As you know, this art was selling for mere hundreds of pounds at the time, but I was a student and didn’t have that kind of money to buy it. However, as soon as I was in a position to do so, I indulged myself. As to which of the artists I most admired, of course I adored Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but is there any point or justification in singling out any of them? The art and life and death of Lizzie Siddal always moved me. I think it would be fair to say that I was pretty intoxicated with the whole movement.

Later, I had the chance to buy the two tapestries which are on loan to the Tate exhibition. There were three in an auction at Sotheby’s,Belgravia; I think the date was 1978. I fixed on the two I acquired, although all three were beautiful. What enthralled me was the majesty of their drawing and of the execution of the tapestries by those unbelievably skilled craftsmen. The attention to detail of the subject matter and even the background of verdure and flora is still quite astonishing to me. At the time I found it overwhelming. I only hope visitors to the exhibition will feel the same intensity of passion as I did when I first saw them. They were the absolute zenith of Burne-Jones’s and William Morris’s output. I believe Morris himself said the series of tapestries was his masterwork.

Jimmy Page talked to Paul Reeves.

Beautiful words! :wub: Thank you truth and beauty for the article and your review

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Jimmy's article with the Tate Etc Magazine - from which I've seen a one line quote - has now been published online : here's the link . But also a transcript in case it's not accessible everywhere..

ttp://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/articles/jimmy-page-on-pre-raphaelites?utm_source=&utm_medium=&ut

TEXT FOLLOWS :

I have had a passion for the Pre- Raphaelites since my early teens. I would have initially seen them as reproductions, but I remember a visit to Tate and encountering the actual paintings. They had a profound effect on me. It was quite an experience – the realism of their technique along with the idealism, and of course the romanticism.

This was before I attended art college. Most people would assume that it was there that I was first exposed to their work, but actually the teaching and syllabus of that time was much more to do with modern art and using modern materials – acrylics in particular – so oil painting, particularly of earlier styles, was not championed. My study of Pre- Raphaelitism, if you need to call it that, was therefore entirely self-driven and a personal quest.

As you know, this art was selling for mere hundreds of pounds at the time, but I was a student and didn’t have that kind of money to buy it. However, as soon as I was in a position to do so, I indulged myself. As to which of the artists I most admired, of course I adored Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, but is there any point or justification in singling out any of them? The art and life and death of Lizzie Siddal always moved me. I think it would be fair to say that I was pretty intoxicated with the whole movement.

Later, I had the chance to buy the two tapestries which are on loan to the Tate exhibition. There were three in an auction at Sotheby’s,Belgravia; I think the date was 1978. I fixed on the two I acquired, although all three were beautiful. What enthralled me was the majesty of their drawing and of the execution of the tapestries by those unbelievably skilled craftsmen. The attention to detail of the subject matter and even the background of verdure and flora is still quite astonishing to me. At the time I found it overwhelming. I only hope visitors to the exhibition will feel the same intensity of passion as I did when I first saw them. They were the absolute zenith of Burne-Jones’s and William Morris’s output. I believe Morris himself said the series of tapestries was his masterwork.

Jimmy Page talked to Paul Reeves.

Thank you for this, Truth and Beauty. :D This is the Jimmy I love. I also love that it was Paul Reeves who he talked too, the same who designed his shirts and the '69 pink velvet jacket and pants.

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There was already a thread started about the exhibition back in December 2011. :)

Veritas: what's up with your PM?

Anyone know how long this exhibition will be on? I'm there fall 2013 most likely but fear I shall miss it.

For other tapestry lovers, there was an amazing exhibit at the Metropolitan in NYC in about 2005 in which some pieces were the size of giant walls - truly magnificent.

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It closes at Tate on 13 January, next Sunday.

The exhibit travels to the United States a few weeks later, opening 17/2/2013 at The National Gallery in Washington D.C. (runs through 19/5/13).

Curator at Tate said that approx 20 of the works will not travel, so probably about 125-130 will be making the journey.

After the United States, it will go to Moscow (June through September 2013).

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So, I went to the exhibit at the National Gallery in DC this weekend. It was great! What fascinated me the most about the paintings were the choice of subjects--many taken from literature or the Bible, but people often shown in naturalistic settings. There is photographic attention to detail in many scenes, especially of nature. The colors of the paintings are quite vibrant. I was intrigued by the two tapestries Jimmy lent, with their significance for British mythology. It was interestingly ironic to see the Christian theme in the two tapestries, considering the conversations about Jimmy's supposed interest in black magic!

One quibble: I'm pretty sure Jesus was not a redhead.

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