Renaissance Studies in Art and Poetry

ISBN-10: 0486440257

ISBN-13: 9780486440255

Edition: 4th 2005 (Unabridged)

Authors: Walter Pater
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Description: 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. Unabridged republication of the classic 1873 edition.

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Book details

List price: $8.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/24/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Walter Pater (born August4, 1839) was an Englaish essayist, critic and writer of fiction. He attended Queen's College, Oxford. His earliest work, an essay on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, appeared in 1866 in The Westminster Review; Pater soon became a regular contributor to a number of serious reviews, especially The Fortnightly, which published his essays on Leonardo da Vinci, Pico Della Mirandola, Botticelli, and the poetry of Michelangelo. All were included in his first, and perhaps most influential, book, Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873; reissued as The Renaissance, 1877). In 1885 Pater's only novel, Marius the Epicurean, appeared. Ostensibly, Marius is a historical novel, set in the time of Marcus Aurelius and tracing the philosophical development of its young protagonist and his gradual approach to Christianity. Practically, however, Marius is more a meditation of the philosophical choices that confronted Pater, or any thinker, during the late Victorian period. In light of the work's underrealized characterizations and the lack of any but intellectual action, it is difficult to justify calling it a novel in the usual sense of the term. Yet, as a highly polished prose piece, and as an argument for an austere yet intensely experienced way of life, it holds a singular place in Victorian literature. On July 30, 1894 Pater died suddenly in his Oxford home of heart failure brought on by rheumatic fever, at the age of 54. He was buried at Holywell Cemetery, Oxford.

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
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