Studies in the History of the Renaissance: New Edition by Walter PaterStudies in the History of the Renaissance: New Edition by Walter Pater

Studies in the History of the Renaissance: New Edition

byWalter PaterEditorMatthew Beaumont

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'art comes to you professing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments' sake'In Studies in the History of the Renaissance (1873), a diffident Oxford don produced an audacious and incalculably influential defence of aestheticism. Through his highly idiosyncratic readings of some of the finest paintings, sculptures, and poems of the French and Italian Renaissance, Paterredefined the practice of criticism as an impressionistic, almost erotic exploration of the critic's aesthetic responses. At the same time, reclaiming the Hellenism that he saw as the most characteristic aspect of the Renaissance, he implicitly celebrated homoerotic friendship.Pater's infamous 'Conclusion', which forever linked him with the decadent movement, scandalized many with its insistence on making pleasure the sole motive of life, even as it charmed fellow aesthetes such as Oscar Wilde. This edition of Studies reproduces the text of the first edition, recapturingits initial impact, and the Introduction celebrates its doomed attempt to stand out against the processes of industrialization.
Dr. Matthew Beaumont is Senior Lecturer in English at University College London.
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Title:Studies in the History of the Renaissance: New EditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.02 inPublished:March 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAucassin and NicolettePico della MirandolaSandro BotticelliLuca della RobbiaThe Poetry of MichelangeloLeonardo da VinciJoachim du BellayWinckelmannConclusionAppendix A: The School of GiorgioneAppendix B: Diaphaneite