Studies in the History of the Renaissance

Studies in the History of the Renaissance

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In Studies in the History of the Renaissance, 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, Pater redefined 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 in the History of the Renaissance reproduces the text of the first edition, recapturing its initial impact, and the Introduction celebrates its doomed attempt to stand out against the processes of industrialization.

Product Code 1014576
ISBN 9780199535071
author Walter Pater
editor Matthew Beaumont
format Paperback
GTIN 9780199535071
pages 240
published Feb 2010
publisher Oxford University Press
series Oxford World's Classics
Dimensions 13 X 20 X 13 cm
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