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The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry (Dover Books on Art, Art History)

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"The golden book of spirit and sense, the holy writ of beauty."and#8212;Oscar Wilde

Published to equal parts scandal and acclaim in 1873, The Renaissance inspired a generation of Oxford undergraduates, who adapted its credo of "arts for art's sake" for their Aesthetic Movement. Combining the skepticism of empirical philosophy, the materialism of 19th-century science, and the determinism of evolutionary theory, this book defies categorization and endures as an innovative example of cultural criticism.

An Oxford don who led a quiet scholarly life, Walter Pater was shocked at the reactions his writings provoked. ("I wish they would not call me a hedonist," he remarked, "it gives such a wrong impression to those who do not know Greek.") His essays on the individuals he viewed as embodiments of the Renaissance spirit encompass artists whose careers span the Middle Ages through the 18th century. Pater's elegant, fluid prose examines the works of Pico della Mirandola, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and others. He crowns his compendium of reflections with his notorious Conclusion, in which he asserts that "to burn always with this hard, gemlike flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life."

One of Victorian England's most talked about books, The Renaissance exerted a crucial influence on the art criticism of the past century, and it remains a work of unusual importance to those interested in art history and English literature.

Synopsis:

Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. The book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as fully as possible.

Synopsis:

One of the most talked-about books of the 19th century, The Renaissance combines scholarship and philosophy in an innovative work of cultural criticism. Published in 1837, Walter Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. Pater concluded his book with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as fully as possible. His cry of "art for art's sake" became the manifesto of the Aesthetic Movement, and his assessments of Renaissance art have influenced generations of readers.

Table of Contents

Preface

Two Early French Stories

Pico della Mirandola

Sandro Botticelli

Luca della Robbia

The Poetry of Michelangelo

Leonardo da Vinci

The School of Giorgione

Joachim du Bellay

Winckelmann

Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486440255
Author:
Pater, Walter
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
lter Pater
Author:
ter Pater
Author:
Wal
Author:
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Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Renaissance
Subject:
History - Renaissance
Subject:
Arts, Renaissance
Subject:
Art - General
Subject:
Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Publication Date:
20050331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.44 lb

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Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. The book concludes with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as fully as possible.
"Synopsis" by ,
One of the most talked-about books of the 19th century, The Renaissance combines scholarship and philosophy in an innovative work of cultural criticism. Published in 1837, Walter Pater's graceful essays discuss the achievements of Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and other artists. Pater concluded his book with an uncompromising advocacy of hedonism, urging readers to experience life as fully as possible. His cry of "art for art's sake" became the manifesto of the Aesthetic Movement, and his assessments of Renaissance art have influenced generations of readers.
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