He and other members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood turned away from the techniques which were being used to create art during their time. He embraced the beauty of line and form that was evident in work that was done before Raphael's period.
This artist built up another way to deal with painting human figures and landscapes. His procedure was based on the use of splendid, clear hues on a white ground. This was in sharp contrast to the preferred style of the time, which was to use a dim under painting. These new thoughts are exemplified in his composition The Eve of St. Agnes. That piece was inspired by Keats.
William Holman Hunt's preference for beautifully rendered lines is evident in The flight of Madeline and Porphyro and many of his other pieces. He had a preference for sketching so it is not surprising that he took this stance in his painting. Madeline and Porphyro started as a sketch.
Spiritual values were important to Hunt. Along with his preference for solid shapes in his work, this helped to guide almost every piece he created. He constantly sought to be true to nature and true to life in his depictions of what he saw around him.
None of the almost ghost like portrayals of the supernatural were meaningful to him. In his work, he decided to make supernatural themes as real and tangible as possible to the viewer by using Pre-Raphaelite techniques.