Victorian Nymphs Join Raphael Treasures, Bronze Spider

By Martin Gayford - 2012-08-29T08:00:16Z

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"Astarte Syriaca"

European art galleries are preparing for a bumper crop of openings for the autumn season. After the London Olympics and big-name shows to accompany the games, museum directors are determined to continue with events that boost visitor numbers.

The U.K. Royal Academy celebrates artworks in bronze; Tate Britain shows Pre-Raphaelites; the London National Gallery explores photography. In Paris, the Louvre shows Raphael masterpieces.

Left, "Astarte Syriaca," 1877, by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. This painting will be included in "Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde" at Tate Britain from Sept. 12 to Jan. 13.