I feel the same way. For a long time, the pre-Raphaelites were what I thought of when I thought of the concept of art--with the addition of an odd mixture of art nouveau (courtesy of Sesame Street graphics, of all things), Arts and Crafts, and some children's book illustration (am I wrong to see a line of influence from the pre-Raphaelites to Maxfield Parrish, their work being recast through a filter of golden light?). They're still what I head to first when I'm at the Tate and the National Gallery.
I think there might well be a conection between Parrish and the pre-Raphaelites, though I think a more direct connection would be with John La Farge (here is La Farge's Meditation of Kwannon). Kwannon, incidentally, is the Japanese name for Kuan Yin, the Taoist Goddess of Mercy, for whom I have a particular reverence. My wife gave me a jade Kuan Yin for my birthday.