On Friday, from the cold of London I took a welcome break and walked into a warm red room to look at art. I was at the Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition, which is open to the public at Tate Britain until the 13th of January.

Founded in 1848, artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were reacting against the industrialisation of their time. England was becoming increasingly mechanised, with great changes in mining, transportation and agriculture.

Today, with our highly technological society it is easy to understand how John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt felt spirituality and beauty had been lost. As I walked round, gazing at paintings such as Rossetti’s ‘Lilith’ above, I was struck by how they were luminescent and appeared to glow from within. There is so much life in these paintings! Their beauty and intensity woke me up from the somnambulism winter puts me in every year.

For the longest time my feet were firmly placed in the direction of Hunt’s religious paintings. His realistic narratives of a young Jesus are complemented by his distinctive style. In ‘The Shadow of Death’ especially, the near photographic detail and the manner in which Jesus radiates in his holiness and equally frail humanity must really be seen to be appreciated.

Arranged by theme from origins and manifesto through to history, nature, salvation, beauty, paradise and finally mythologies, you leave Tate Britain with a firm grounding in the Pre-Raphaelites. You will also be more awake to all the beauty that surrounds you, maybe not even taking out your smartphone until you’re back home again.